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Fire in the Sky: A Daily Planet Special
It's the biggest impact event in modern times. On the morning of Feb. 15, 2013, a meteorite streaked across the Russian sky, raining fireballs and causing a shock wave at impact that smashed windows, damaged buildings and injured more than 1000 people. Discovery goes behind-the-scenes of this shocking fireball crash in the all-new special FIRE IN THE SKY: A DAILY PLANET SPECIAL. Premiering Friday, February 15 at 7 p.m. ET and repeating on Sunday, February 17 at 7 p.m. ET, the special will be anchored by DAILY PLANET co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin and will look at all the angles behind the disaster - the biggest impact since the Tungska event - as we uncover the mystery of its descent and the power of its blast.

Highlights from FIRE IN THE SKY: A DAILY PLANET SPECIAL include:

The Science of Impact Theory
What happens when an meteorite hurtles down to earth? Some are the size of a peanut...and some weigh more than a car or fridge! DAILY PLANET visits the SANDIA NATIONAL LAB to find out the science behind impact theory and its potential devastation.

Danger From Space
What's the probability of something taking the Earth out, Armageddon-style? DAILY PLANET examines all the stats and metrics related to a potential extinction level event.

Asteroid Trackers
DAILY PLANET meets up with an asteroid tracker and we ask: how do you spot these near earth objects and how this one was missed?

Keeping Earth Safe
From spacecraft's that can track an asteroids every move to lasers that could knock a meteor off its path...DAILY PLANET finds out how to keep our planet safe from a possible impact event!

For the latest, check us out on Twitter @DailyPlanetShow. Join in on the conversation with #fireinthesky


Here are some more mind-blowing stats:

  • The United States has had 146 recorded meteorites, 127 in India and 47 in Russia

  • The first recorded North American Meteorite struck on Dec. 14, 1807 in Weston, Connecticut

  • 1 Ceres is the largest Asteroid to ever pass by Earth, measuring at 952KM in Diameter on January 1st, 1801

  • The Russian meteor is the largest object to strike earth recorded in over a century

  • The Russian meteor was traveling at almost 55,000 kph when it struck the surface of the earth

  • The Russian meteor released several kilotons of energy upon impact

  • The last comparable meteor strike was in Sudan in 2008, causing no known injuries

  • Up to 4 billion meteoroids fall to Earth every day. But most of them are too tiny to do any noticeable harm

  • In 2004, a 30-foot-wide meteoroid hit the atmosphere over Antarctica, leaving 2 million pounds of dust in its wake. That was enough to seed rain clouds and affect climate all the way on the other side of the planet.

  • Worried about Chris Hadfield? The International Space Station is expected to be hit with an estimated 100,000 meteoroids during its expected 20-year life span. To protect it, International Space Station is covered with a foot-thick layer of Kevlar

  • In 1954, a woman named Annie Hodges was struck by an eight-pound meteorite that crashed through her roof, bounced off a radio, and into her hip while she was napping in Sylacauga, Alabama.

  • You can buy meteorites on eBay.


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