As if there was any doubt what explosion I'd talk about this week. But, in case you missed it, there was an impressive meteor event in Russia last week, where a chunk of space rock came plummeting into our inner atmosphere and detonating over the Chelyabinsk region. Since it actually flew over a fairly well-populated area in Russia, there have been dozens of videos of the event, which is pretty cool because things like this are rare enough on their own. To give planetary scientists a chance to look at and study the event, though, was invaluable.
The event itself would have been cool enough if a big hunk of rock had simply fallen from the sky. However, when the hunk of rock exploded in the atmosphere, well, that was something to write home about! Here's a compilation of some of the best videos capturing the event, thanks to Russia Today's channel on the YouTube:
And what an explosion! It was estimated that the Chelyabinsk blast was roughly equivalent to 20 atomic bombs going off at the same time! Sensors from around the globe picked up on the shockwaves, which does, literally, make it a shot heard around the world. Im. Press. Ive!