Monday, February 18, 2013


RUSSIAN SCIENTISTS FIND FRAGMENTS - A meteor that exploded over Russia's Ural mountains and sent fireballs blazing to earth has set off a rush to find fragments of the space rock, which hunters hope could fetch thousands of dollars apiece. Friday's blast and ensuing shockwave shattered windows, injured almost 1200 people and caused about $32 million worth of damage, said local authorities. It also started a "meteorite rush" around the industrial city of Chelyabinsk, 1500 kilometres east of Moscow, where groups of people have started combing through the snow and ice.
Scientists at the Urals Federal University were the first to announce a significant find - 53 small, stony, black objects around Lake Chebarkul, near Chelyabinsk, which tests confirmed were small meteorites. The main fireball streaked across the sky at a speed of about 30 km/s, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos, before crashing into the snowy wastes.

Viktor Grokhovsky - a scientist with the Urals Federal University and the Russian Academy of Sciences - did not say whether the fragments had told his team anything about the origins of the meteor, which NASA estimated was 55 feet (16.7 metres) across before entering Earth's atmosphere and weighed about 10,000 tons. More than 20,000 people took part in search and clean-up operations at the weekend in and around Chelyabinsk, which is in the heart of a region packed with industrial military plants. Many other people were in the area just hoping to find a meteorite after what was described by scientists as a once-in-a-century event.
Residents of a village near Chelyabinsk searched the snowy streets, collecting stones they hoped would prove to be the real thing. The internet filled quickly with ads from eager hunters hoping to sell what they said were meteorites - some for as little as 1000 roubles ($32).

Scientists announced the discovery of dozens of tiny fragments (only 0.5 to 1 centimetres across) of a massive meteor whose ground-shaking shockwave hurt 1,200 people and damaged buildings across five regions of Russia. One amateur space enthusiast estimated chunks could be worth anything up to 66,000 roubles ($2,128) per gram - more than 40 times the current cost of gold. One seller of a large, silver-hued rock wrote in an ad on the portal "Selling an unusual rock. It may be a piece of meteorite, it may be a bit of a UFO, it may be a piece of a rocket!". Almost everyone is concerned with earning money and seeking sense gratification, but our internal self will never be satisfied no matter how much money we make.

The greatest need in the world today is love and compassion, not money and technology. Those things can be used but if money and technology are in the hands of greedy, envious, lustful people they will not help the world. You may earn money, you may use technology if required but let it be with a heart of love and compassion. Be an instrument of love, an instrument of illumination in this world. Many of you are young, you have decisions to make right now in your life of what your future will be. Human life does not last very long. Sometimes it is said youth is wasted on the young. When you start getting older you realize the years go so fast. If only I could do it again. You have youthful energy, you have intelligence, you have so many opportunities. What is your ideal? What is your purpose, what is your integrity?

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"


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