Strange isn't it that just when we are waiting for a 45 metre 'celestial cannonball across the bow of spaceship Earth' also known as asteroid 2012 DA14, a little one takes us all by surprise and sneaks in there to grab all the headlines.
Before today's amazing scenes in the Russian town of Cherbakul, the only other meteorite strike stories were of a dog being killed in Egypt and a boy being hit by one in Uganda but this falling ball of celestial rock was caught on film by countless Russian video camera owners as it exploded in the sky, generating a shock wave that injured almost 1000 people and damaged buildings.
The first, probably obvious, question to ask is was this in anyway connected to the arrival of the asteroid tonight, which is on track to make an unusually close pass to the Earth, coming within about 17,200 miles of us..
The European Space Agency has ruled out any link but Phil Bland, an asteroid expert at Curtin University, thinks they may be a bit quick to rule out asteroid debris preceding and trailing the much bigger object.
'It seems like an awful big coincidence if it’s not connected' he said and was quickly backed up by the Australian Astronomical Observatory, who said they were 'not so sure that the two things are not related'.
It is disappointing that all the energy on the end of times was used up at the end of last year on the Mayan calendar because this would have been a brilliant time for doomsayers, between the Russian strike this morning and the arrival of 2012 AD14 tonight, as the streets would have been full of people giving away their possessions, telling their managers exactly what they thought of them and blocking up the church confessional boxes.
One good thing to come out of this is we get an explanation of what an asteroid is (small rock orbiting a star), a meteoroid (small pieces of space debris in space), a meteor (a meteoroid that has entered the earth’s atmosphere) and a meteorite (space debris that strikes the surface of the earth) if only because the presenters were getting angry tweets by pedantic amateur astrologers when they kept interchanging between referring to it as all four things in the coverage.
So the two events probably are not related and we are not all doomed and the asteroid will harmlessly brush past by us this time around but what a golden opportunity the crazies have missed but if they get their acts together, no reason why this bringing an alien death virus or this being fired by an alien spaceship couldn't take off after all, this was how both 'War of the Worlds' and 'Day of the Triffids' started.