Much like a drunken co-ed, a ginormous meteor went streaking across the western Canadian sky on Thursday night. One 10 year-old girl witnessed the event and her mother reports, "She said there was a flash of light, the house shook twice and it sounded like dinosaurs were walking." Kick ass. Lucky kid.
I love this stuff. I will set my alarm to get up at all hours of the night in order to see eclipses and comets and such. We Earthlings have only a minuscule understanding of the breadth and scope of the universe which means that anything is possible, including other life forms and hospitable environs. I don't want to miss it when we see or learn something new.
Without getting too controversial on a Sunday morning, I have to say that natural occurrences like this scared the loincloths off ancient people and they told stories of divine intervention to make sense of what they otherwise couldn't explain. For example, the light generated by this meteor has been described as the equivalent of a billion-watt lightbulb. Isn't God generally described as a blinding white light? I'm just sayin'. Please don't stone me.