Pat Shingleton: "They're Out There..."
I hosted a program on WBRZ in the late 80s, entitled, "Hotline After Dark." Our live broadcast showcased those within the community that shared interesting stories. One guest was a fireman from Zachary that retrieved a meteorite from his backyard. Numerous entities wanted it. The owner sold chunks of the stone to museums and planetariums around the United States. On this date in 1908, passengers on the Trans-Siberian railroad witnessed a fireball as "bright-as-the-sun," streaking across the sky. The fireball exploded above the Tunguska River and leveled over a thousand square miles of forest. The fireball and its related blast was seen and heard for 1,000 miles. For many years, scientists, geologists, astronomers and astrophysicists studied the events and retrieved debris and determined that a chunk of asteroid vaporized in the lower atmosphere. Other related events include an asteroid on June 17, 2002 that was the size of a football field was traveling at 66,000 miles per hour that came within 75,000 miles from earth. It was only noticed and recorded by scientists as it zipped through space. As recent movies have portrayed, missiles will intercept future objects that may impact our planet. On June 30, 2014, an asteroid came within 4.6 million miles of Earth.