Those were some amazing shots of the meteor as it came down in the Urals. has a running update of the news surrounding the meteor impact.

This rock from space caused 500 injuries (at the time I’m writing this), lots of damages, and a six-meter crater on impact. As bad as we are to ourselves through war, famine, and damage to the environment/climate, we will always be pipsqueaks compared to the dangers from the planet itself and the cosmos. I’m not saying we shouldn’t try and solve our own issues, but the sheer power of the natural forces absolutely astounds me.

Title from Phil Plait’s great book on the subject.