Video—Wright State physicist explains just how rare meteors are


FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – A meteor is a rare thing, but they do happen.  So we did some checking about how often meteors occur.

The green glow from a Wright State University lab is not from a space rock, but a laser used to measure new materials.

It was actually some much older material, millions of years old, that had everyone here talking.  “To be able to see something like this over a populated area is an extreme rarity.”

Rare, but dangerous.  The meteor that burst over Russia injured more than a thousand people just from the shock wave of its mid-air explosion.

“All the damage that resulted from this was when the meteorite was still thousands of feet in the area,” said Jason Deibel, Asst. Physics Professor, Wright State University.

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