In my humble opinion, today deserves the moniker bestowed upon it by Brian Vastag of the Washington Post: “Freaky space rock Friday.” We’ve got not one, but two major news stories about the solar system: the close passage of the asteroid 2012 DA14, discovered almost one year ago, and the surprise fireball that blasted out of the sky above Russia’s Ural Mountains this morning.
I’ve been as amazed as everyone else at the amateur “dash-cam” footage of the meteor making its way around the Web, but I’ve got to get some other (non-solar-system) work done this afternoon as well. In addition to Brian Vastag’s live blog, you can check out my retweets and repostings on my own Facebook and Twitter accounts (see links in the right column). Or you can follow astronomers such as Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) and Jonathan McDowell (@planet4589) on Twitter.
More later, as I have time….