Contact Us

Astronomer Conrad Jung From The Chabot Space And Science Center Says We Should Be Concerned About Meteors And Asteroids, But Not Afraid

Ha-Wee, Flickr

With more reports of things flying and dropping from the sky, should we be afraid of meteors and asteroids?  One astronomer says we should, at the very least, be concerned.

Fragments from an asteroid over Russia injured about 1,100 people last week.  Over the weekend fireballs were witnessed over the San Francisco Bay area on Saturday and over South Florida on Sunday.  These sightings, of course, occur on the heels of the asteroid 2012 DA14 passing by Earth.

Conrad Jung, Astronomer at the Chabot Space and Science Center, says the chances that an asteroid or meteor fragments will hit the planet are the same as they always have been historically, but our ability to spot them in advance is heightening awareness of astronomical events.  He says we should definitely be concerned, but not overly scared, of things falling from the sky.  What happened in Russia is not impossible elsewhere, but it is unlikely.

Jung was a guest on WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning on 18 February 2013:

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

More From WIBX

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wibx950.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on WIBX 950 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on WIBX 950 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!