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Meteorites have impacted many parts of Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Some said they thought the world was ending!

On Friday, emergency crews say around 1,100 people were injured when a meteor exploded over Russia.

Authorities say that blast damaged thousands of buildings and blew in an estimated one million square feet of glass.

While Kentucky was not affected in this case, meteorites have left a noticeable impact on the bluegrass in the past.

Now meteorites are on the minds of many, including folks here in Kentucky, who wonder what the chances are that their state could be struck next

“Obviously there is a probabilistic chance that it could happen in Kentucky but that chance is remote and small,” said Dr. Jim Cobb with the University of Kentucky.

Believe it or not, meteorites have been recovered from 27 locations in the state of Kentucky alone.

But there are only three sites in our state where you can actually see where meteorite damage was done.

Geologists pinpointed Bell, Woodford and Shelby counties as the only three places in the state bearing scars of the meteor's impact on its terrain.

In the past, the bluegrass state was ground zero for a few meteorites.

“The ones in Kentucky have been several pounds of material but the one that hit Russia could've been hundreds of pounds.”

Although only small meteorites have impacted Kentucky in human history, there is proof that large meteorites hit here millions of years ago.

“Kentucky has been struck by meteorites and some have been pretty spectacular.”

One of the most recently recorded meteorites was in Pike County in 1990 and geologists say it may be many more years until we see a meteorite strike again.

Most of the meteorite pieces discovered in Kentucky can be seen on display at the Mining and Minerals Building on UK's campus.

Also on Friday, a 150-foot asteroid passed within 17,000 miles of earth---a distance closer than some satellites.

It was the closest known flyby of an asteroid its size.


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