Meteors; An Unexpected Lesson in Gratitude
The meteor that crashed into Russia was about 55 feet in diameter and weighed 10,000 tons. This extraordinary event has left us all guessing, astonished, and standing with our eyes to the sky. What’s even more shocking is the power this meteor brought with it. Data from a global network of sensors has reported that the meteor unleashed nearly 500 kilotons of energy, just to give you an idea of how much that is; it’s more than 30 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
Although it was dramatic and scary, science assures us there is no reason to panic. For the common space traveler, meteors are a perfectly normal part of the universe. Most of them are hundreds of thousands of years old, circling around the universe until they eventually crash into something. More often than not, that something that they crash into is not earth.
The meteor crashing in Russia should be something that places us all back in awe of our universe, and how complex it is. Too often we take for granted the fact that it’s not just us here on earth that make this world work, it’s every particle and atom in the universe coming together to spin us around another day. What an amazing thought, and even more to ponder in gratitude of our existence.