Nova

Meteor Strike

Series Website »
Episode Guide »
A blinding streak of light screaming across the Russian sky, followed by a shuddering blast strong enough to damage buildings and send more than 1000 people to the hospital. On the morning of February 15th, a 7000 ton asteroid crashed into the Earth's atmosphere, exploded and fell to earth across a wide swath near the Ural mountains. According to NASA, the Siberian Meteor, which exploded with the power of 30 Hiroshima bombs, was the largest object to burst in the atmosphere since a 1908 event near Siberia's Tunguska river. That time there were few eyewitnesses and no record of the event except for thousands of acres of flattened trees. This time however the event was captured by countless digital dashboard cameras, which have lately become a common fixture in Russian autos and trucks. Within days, armed with this unprecedented crowd-sourced material, NOVA crews hit the ground in Russia along with impact scientists as they hunt for debris from the explosion and clues to the meteor's origin and makeup. To understand how lucky we were this time, we explore even greater explosions in the past, from Tunguska to the asteroid that extinguished the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. "Russian Meteor Strike" puts it all together and asks: 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?

More Episodes

  • Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius
  • Wild Predator Invasion
  • Great Cathedral Mystery
  • Roman Catacomb Mystery
  • Ghosts of Murdered Kings
  • Zeppelin Terror Attack
  • Alien Planets Revealed
  • Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday?
  • At the Edge of Space
  • Cold Case JFK
  • Making Stuff Safer
  • Making Stuff Colder
  • Making Stuff Wilder
  • Making Stuff Faster
  • Megastorm Aftermath
  • Ground Zero Supertower
  • Oklahoma's Deadliest Tornadoes
  • Manhunt—Boston Bombers
  • Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures
  • Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Monsters
  • Australia: Life Explodes
  • Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Awakening
  • Ancient Computer
  • Meteor Strike


Comments

Share your thoughts, questions, and comments on "Nova" here.
 

Vermont Public Television is holding free screenings in February, March and April in commemoration of Black History Month.

In connection with The Story of the Jews, WNET Education is launching an essay contest for high school aged students to examine how stories shape our identities.

Meet some extraordinary women in Vermont.

A new PBS site for America's booming 50+ population as they plan for a new life stage.

Lifelong Learning


PBS Kids
Tons of videos and games for children from PBS!

Educator Resources
Lesson plans, online courses, and videos for teachers and parents


VPT Weekly

Our weekly email newsletter highlighting upcoming shows and important station news.
Sign Up Today

Vermont Public Television

204 Ethan Allen Avenue
Colchester, VT 05446
(802) 655-4800
© 2014 Vermont Public Television
All Rights Reserved

Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Pinterest