NOVA: Meteor Strike

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 9:00pm

Meteor trail

Credit: Courtesy of Pioneer Productions

Join NOVA to hunt for clues to the origin and makeup of the meteor that struck Siberia in February. On the morning of February 15, 2013, a 7,000-ton asteroid crashed into the Earth’s atmosphere, exploded and fell to earth across a wide swath near the Ural Mountains. The Siberian meteor was captured by digital dashboard cameras, a common fixture in Russian cars and trucks. Within days, armed with this crowd-sourced material, NOVA crews, along with impact scientists, hit the ground in Russia to hunt for debris from the explosion and clues to the meteor’s origin and makeup. Is our solar system a deadly celestial shooting gallery — with Earth in the cross-hairs? What are the chances that another, even more massive, asteroid is heading straight for us? Are we just years, months or days away from a total global reboot of civilization, or worse? NOVA: Meteor Strike airs Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 21.1/cable 11 and 1011).