When a meteorite streaked across the Russian sky last Friday, hitting parts of central Russia with an impact similar to a 'cosmic shotgun blast,' we here in Canada were able to almost instantly view it from many different angles.
And that's not because everyone in that part of the world just happened to have a camera out for fun. Many of the angles were shot from car dashboard cameras, which are incredibly popular in Russia because they are often used to settle insurance disputes and kept from being taken advantage of.
"The conditions of Russian roads are perilous, with insane gridlock in cities and gigantic ditches, endless swamps and severe wintry emptiness on the backroads and highways," writes Marina Galperina in an article for Animal. "Everyone should have a camera on their dashboard. It's better than keeping a lead pipe under your seat for protection (but you might still want that lead pipe)."
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And it isn't justRead More »from Russia’s dangerous roads, corrupt cops allow for great meteorite videos