Meteor Strike on NM-PBS Science Café

NOVA ‘Meteor Strike.’ Courtesy/PBS

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ALBUQUERQUE – On the morning of Feb. 15, 2013, a 7,000-ton asteroid crashed into the Earth’s atmosphere, exploded, and fell to the ground across a wide swatch near the Ural Mountains in Russia.

According to NASA, the Siberian meteor exploded with the power of 30 Hiroshima bombs and was the largest object to burst in the atmosphere since the Tunguska event of 1908—another impact in Siberia that left few eyewitnesses or clues.

The meteor strike is the subject of the NM-PBS November Science Café taking place 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 23 at Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center, 4803 Rio Grande Blvd. NW in Albuquerque. Admission to the Science Café is free, but a reservation is required. RSVP to Rose Poston at 505.277.2396 or Seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Guests will view a clip of NOVA “Meteor Strike,” followed by a discussion with Dr. Mark Boslough of Sandia National Laboratories. A physicist and impact expert, Boslough traveled to Russia with the NOVA crew after the impact, and has developed several simulations that he and other researchers have used to estimate the size of the meteor and the blast.

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