Around 9:20 AM local time, a meteorite struck the Urals of Russia causing over 500 injuries. There are 2 pieces of good news. First, no one has been reported dead yet. Second, there are a ton of videos from the incident because (as we all know by now) Russian people love dashcams.
The video you see above is the best view on the internet, so far. The video below shows what happens when a meteorite hits the Earth. Both are equally frightening.
And just so that you can sound smart to your friends when talking to them about this, I’ve included a guide to identifying what or not to call these falling rocks:
A meteoroid is a sand- to boulder-sized particle of debris in the Solar System (objects between 10 µm and 1 m in diameter)
The visible streak of light from a meteoroid, heated as it enters a planet’s atmosphere, and the glowing particles that it sheds in its wake is called a meteor.
A meteor brighter than a planet is sometimes referred to as a fireball. Astronomers often use bolide to identify an exceptionally bright fireball, particularly one that explodes (sometimes called a detonating fireball)
If a meteoroid reaches the ground and survives impact, then it is called a meteorite.