Local experts weigh in on meteorite impacts

Craters like this one near Flag Staff Arizona are evidence of a meteors power.

People's eyes are to the skies following the cosmic collision in Russia when a meteorite blew up in the daytime skies on Friday.

This has raised the question of just how safe are we from meteors and asteroids hurdling toward earth.

"Impacts the size of the one in Russia are fairly common and happen about every 10 years," said Alex Mak, Associate Director with the University of Toledo Planetarium. "This is the first one that happened during the YouTube era, and all the Russian dash cams were able to catch it."

Astronomy experts say scientists are working on ways to deflect larger objects that could collide with earth and cause a massive extinction.

"You don't want to blow them up like they do in the movies," Mak said. "If you could just nudge them so they are out of the way of the earth would be better."

Scientists say the problem now is being able to track objects on the night sky that pose major threats.

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