Chicken Little would have lost his cookies, yet the Russian driver in this video appears to have kept his wits about him despite the unannounced arrival of a massive fireball falling from the early morning sky – a spectacular event caught by an automotive dash cam – that injured nearly 1,000 people in Siberia.

While scientists estimate that tens of thousands of meteoroids fall from the sky each year, most are just tiny particles that burn up unseen. Only about five thousand are large enough to be really visible (at this point called a "fireball") and then break up and explode to earn the name "bolide." The bolide in the video left an impressive smoke trail of particulate during its ablation, but it also sent nearly a thousand Russians to the hospital for injuries suffered when its sonic blast blew out windows.

In case you are wondering, meteoroids enter the atmosphere at speeds between 25,000 and 160,000 mph. However, like a bullet hitting water, the earth's thick air quickly slows them (rapid compression of the air in front of the rock creates the familiar fiery glow) to a more palatable 200 to 400 mph before they impact the surface. The good news, especially for those who are worried about such events, is that most burn up and never make it all the way down. Check out the video below.



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      AP1_S2K
      • 1 Year Ago
      what isn't captured by a Russian dash cam??
      John Culver
      • 1 Year Ago
      "the friction causes the familiar fiery glow" Uh no, friction has very little to do with it. a rapid compression of the air in front of the rock is what creates the the heat, (compressing a gas results in heating). At those altitudes and speeds, the compressive heating is magnitudes above anything friction can muster.
      recharged95
      • 1 Year Ago
      Imagine if that thing did hit a major area. Goes to show that all the action amongst ourselves concerning political, social, racial, and logic differences mean nothing to nature... it's petty compared to what nature can do to us.
      taeles
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bet thousands of years after the earth ends some aliens visiting whats left of our planet will unearth a russian car and it'll happen to have a dash cam that video captured what ended us heh. And there will be techno playing lol!
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        getoffmylawn
        • 1 Year Ago
        highly doubtful as she never mentioned she could see russia from her house.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        oh sarah plain sees a lot...when she's home...alone,,,,,and drunk
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      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      here is the sound we were missing. pretty scary and simply mindblowing http://youtu.be/MKx97csfPy0
      Robert Fahey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Science fact instead of fiction, for once! Cool stuff.
      graphikzking
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the date is wrong on the dashcam :) But yeah, I don't think this guy is brave, I'd think more stupid - no way I'd be speeding towards a UFO (since it's technically an unidentified flying object at that moment).
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      What does it take to get a dashcam running, with recording capability? Are there turnkey setups out there? They're pretty common in Russia, so it must not be that hard.
      lordedardstark1
      • 1 Year Ago
      What if every car had a dash cam??? There would be so many crazy videos. I've seen crazy stuff on the road with out picture to prove it.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you Russian insurance scammers, if it weren't for you, I wouldn't have my weekly "russian dashcam" entertainment channel. Russian dashcams, the real threat to Hollywood.
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