At this point, TV programs related to today’s Russian meteor explosion are coming more quickly than meteor sightings during my last attempted viewing of the Perseid meteor shower. Not only is The Weather Channel re-airing a program about meteors tonight, but Science Channel just announced that it is airing a special called Russian Meteor Explosion tomorrow night — Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8pm ET/PT. Talk about fast turnaround!
In case you didn’t hear, earlier today a meteor weighing nearly 11 tons streaked across the sky and broke up over the Russian mountain city of Chelyabinsk, 900 miles from the center of Moscow, with power equal to that of an atomic bomb. Sonic blasts and tremendous shock waves smashed windows, collapsed roofs and injured nearly 1,000 people. The intense flash of light and intensity was recorded by bystanders in nations hundreds of miles away. And, just to keep your mind perhaps more ill at ease, this weekend, a 13-story-size asteroid will be passing within 17,100 miles of Earth before heading into space (experts believe the asteroid and Russian meteor are likely unrelated).
The world premiere Science Channel special Russian Meteor Explosion gathers a group of scientists, physicists, astronomers and other expert minds from around the globe to look more deeply into these celestial phenomena and ponder what might be next on the horizon.
Russian Meteor Explosion premieres Feb. 16 at 8pm ET/PT on Science Channel.