Dont fret. The chances of your plane being hit by a meteor are probably about the same as being attacked by a shark in the Detroit River.
You dont have much to worry about; these (meaning the West Coast Fireball, not the Russian one) are fairly routine. However they are going to get much more media attention and are much more likely to be posted on FR from now on, which inevitably will lead to the impression that there are suddenly a lot more of them.
Yep. Now every time someone sees a shooting star or fireball and captures it on video, uploads it to YouTube, it will be BREAKING NEWS on Fox, CNN, etc. and even here perhaps. People will say Why all of a sudden are there all these meteors? when these actually happen all the time, not the one in Russia per se, but even that type of event, while rare in over the course of a human lifetime, is not really all that rare on a cosmic scale.
And speaking of sharks, I am reminded of this:
Yep. Now every time someone sees a shooting star or fireball and captures it on video, uploads it to YouTube, it will be BREAKING NEWS on Fox, CNN, etc.
Yeah, right. Last night Foxnews gave the Russian meteor maybe 10 seconds, tops. CNN and MSNBC ignored it completely. As for the asteroid that passed so close, all three networks completely ignored it. They had “important” stuff to talk about, like how bad it smelled on that cruise ship. If you had watched those networks last night, you would never have known about the Russian meteor.
That won't last long. In general, the public's 'popularity' trend is only good for two weeks.