Speaking on Dreamland on May 9, 2014, Dr. Robert Schoch said that Planet Earth along with the rest of our solar system is entering a region of space that contains more debris than the region we have been in for the past 10,000 years. Although accurate worldwide statistics are not available, there have been an unusual number of meteor reports since, with an apparent increase in recent months. On March 15, a spectacular meteor crossed Europe, lighting up the skies over at least six countries and producing a thundering sound as it descended. This must have been a very significant bolide, but unlike the Chelyabinsk Meteor that struck Russia on February 15, 2013, it did not cause any damage, nor has an impact site been located.
On February 24 of this year, a fireball lit up the skies of Florida and Georgia. On the same day, a fireball over Utah was identified as space junk, probably the remains of a Chinese booster rocket, and part of the increase in reports might well be linked to an increasing amount of space junk falling to Earth.
In September of 2014, a huge fireball was observed to explode over Spain.
At the same time, a huge asteroid, designated 2014 YB35, will make a relatively close pass on Friday, March 27. As it will miss us by 2.3 million miles, it is not expected to be a danger, but the fact that it was just discovered in 2014, and the Chelyabinsk Meteor came as a complete surprise, is a reminder that there could be little or no warning of a major strike.
Fortunately, the moon and the gas giants such as Jupiter that orbit the sun in the outer reaches of the solar system provide some protection by collecting many dangerous objects in their own gravity fields, but not all.
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