Well, nothing like an unexpected meteor shower to spice up the day. By now, many have seen the incredible pictures and video from Russia. (Phil Plait at Slate has many good links.) As CNN reminds us, this
comes on the same day that a hefty asteroid is due to charge past the Earth at a pretty close range, in space terms.
Chances are the meteor flyby is just a “cosmic coincidence,” as Oliver Morton of The Economist said on Twitter. Still, I’m with Tom Chivers:
— Tom Chivers (@TomChivers) February 15, 2013
I bet the doomsday prepper forums will be crackling today.
UPDATE: Excellent explainer on the space rock that burned up over Russia.
UPDATE: I took out “shower” from the headline, based on advice from smarter people than I.