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FEB 15, 2013 - Popular Science

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Shouldn't We Have Been Able To See This Huge Meteorite Coming?

Fireball Feb. 15 NEproskochil/via YouTubeSpace rocks are typically tiny and dark. Even if we could spot them, it wouldn't be until they were already upon us, and by then it's too late. Friday morning's meteor, the largest object to strike Earth in more than a century, took the whole planet by surprise. But maybe it didn't have to. There's a chance the space rock that careened into Earth's atmosphere over Russia could have been spotted if the right telescope happened to be looking in the right place. That's happened exactly once before. But it's highly unlikely it could have been spotted in ... Read More

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