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