Here in the Puget Sound the meteor event to happen today has been pushed aside by other events in our local news but if you’re a sky watcher or a fellow Pagan who enjoys astrology and Father Sky, then you know that today a meteor is going to pass very close to our Mother Earth. What you may not have heard about yet is the surprise meteor that hit Russia today, Feb. 15, 2013 at about 9am their time. This is not the only thing that Father Sky will be showing us today as the meteor known as 2012 DA14 will come about 17,100 from the surface of our planet today as well. "No Earth impact is possible," according to Don Yeomans, manager of the Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Its still early here in Tacoma and our day is just beginning, but for Russia, a frightening day is already under way.
There are reports that over 500 people have been injured after the meteor strike in Russia. There were fragments of at least one meteor, weighing about the same as a bus, seen falling from the sky in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia around 9am their time. For reference this is around 1,500km east of Moscow. Witnesses have described feeling of pressure, a sort of wave and hearing explosions in the sky as the object crashed into our environment. Many windows are shattered and there were several power outages. The event lead to panic among residents.
Russian Academy of Sciences has estimated that the meteor weighed about 10 tons and came into the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of about 33,000mph and shattered in the sky about 32 miles above ground. The emergencies ministry has said that 20,000 rescue workers had been sent to the area to help the injured and locate those who need assistance. They have found a six meter crater near a lake in the area and have sent military personnel to the site.
Today as we are watching the sky to see what Father Sky has to offer us here in the Puget Sound, keep those in Russia in your thoughts and warm wishes. This event is shocking and has taken us all off guard, but Father Sky has always been slightly unpredictable now and then.
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