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It’s a Bird! It’s a Planet!

Our dear planet Earth is the hotbed of cosmic activity this year. Let’s recap some recent news. A meteor explodes over Russia, an asteroid barely missed crashing into Earth, and later this year, we will see a comet in the skies that will shine brighter than the full Moon.

Asteroids, Comets, Meteors. Ever wonder about the difference among those 3 celestial bodies?

Early Warnings for Meteors

Australian astronomer and popular scientist Fred Watson explains the significance behind Russia’s rare meteor strike and the Earth’s close encounter with an asteroid happening so close together. He says the incidents highlight the need for early warning systems so such celestial bodies can be detected and, if possible, deflected before they strike the Earth. H/T WorldNewsAustralia

Interesting enough, some of the best images of Asteroid 2012 DA14 came from Australia’s Gingin Observatory. Here’s a NASA video from the observatory showing the asteroid darting past the Earth.

The Meteorite Threat

The meteorite that struck in Russia’s Urals wreaked havoc as its exploded. This RT video shows the tremendous hole in Chebarkul Lake made by meteorite debris.

Meanwhile, Asha Tanna, science reporter for Channel 4 in Great Britain, outlines the threats posed by asteroids and meteors should they rain down into the Earth’s atmosphere.

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