November 7th, 2013
04:39 AM ET

Neil deGrasse Tyson On Meteor Threat

Two new reports say that a meteor in Russia disintegrated in the sky with over 30 times the force measured in the nuclear bomb blast that destroyed Hiroshima.

One researcher says that if we don't want to go the way of the dinosaurs – this better serve as our wakeup call!

Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, weighed in on "New Day" Thursday.

Tyson says if the meteors are really big, "We know where they are. We know where the really big ones are, the ones that would render us extinct or possibly disrupt civilization as we know it. So fortunately, those are easier to detect and they're rarer than the ones that fell in Russia."

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  1. Recipe4destruction

    Rather, fracking

    November 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  2. Cheryl Butler

    loved segment today !It was very interesting..

    November 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  3. Michael Castellano

    You do great work in the tradition of Steven J. Gould, and what we humans should be doing is trying to unite all the nations of the world into working on a way to detect and divert a catastrophically sized meteor or comet from wiping us out, like the dinosaurs before us. Instead, this nation - or do be fair, part of this nation - displayed its "neanderthal" intelligence by closing down the government. Which is easy to dislike but the only hope we have to prevail as a society. We need better government, not no government.

    November 7, 2013 at 8:05 am | Reply
    • Jack Brown

      Now, how many RPG,s would it take to stop a catastrophic size meteor? If you recall RPG's are rocket propelled granades that are commonly used in the Middle East. It will take mega nations ..... China, Russia and America to work jointly and destroy any meteor that may come our way.

      November 7, 2013 at 9:04 am | Reply
  4. james

    wake up call... we didn't even know the meteor was coming till it broke apart over Russia. How stupid is that? The end of all Human Existence is near. our days are numbered

    November 7, 2013 at 7:06 am | Reply
    • MiBigAl

      So said Chicken Little.

      November 7, 2013 at 8:28 am | Reply
    • Suzq911

      No joke about it. I literally just had a premonition Monday morning about how Earth would be faced very soon with an asteroid or comet! Those of us who survive would be getting really chilly as a result. We already know that the dinosaurs didn't fair well in the cold. It's not good at all my friends. It really is a time that we should be getting right with ourselves and our beliefs. Not all my premonitions come true, I thankfully admit, but a lot of them have been. Never hurts to have religion and faith in our lives- that's all I'm saying!

      Your right, what are we supposed to do to stop an asteroid heading straight for us! The movies Deep Impact and Armeggeden were true works of fiction!

      November 7, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply
      • Recipe4destruction

        Cracking will keep us all nice and toasty!

        November 7, 2013 at 6:59 pm |

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