Why Meteors are a Public Concern?
In the early seventies, when astronomy became a popular thing, the scenario was no different from what it is nowdays. More people were worried about getting right order at a drive through restaurant, then showing worries about getting hit by a near earth object. What are the Earth objects? These are meteros, asteroids, comets that enter within one astronomical unit of the Earth.
A movie named “Meteor” was also made in late seventies. Then in nineties, many movies were made on the same subject, which were aimed at increasing the awareness of general public towards these topics. There are many other movies like Deep Impact, that were made on Tsunami and other natural calamities happening around the world.
Most people don't know that the size of a meteor is the size of your fist to a sand grain and these are harmless. But, when a meteor hits the atmosphere the feeling is like slamming into a 13 foot thick wall that is made of high grade concrete. If the earth survives that effect, you will hopefully see a meteorite buried in the ground, which is not much important. If you want to see a meteor shower, use wide field binoculars.
Back to the movie aspect. Many films have stories about human survival during natural calamities and when such a near earth object hits the ground. These movies aim at teaching common public about the facts behind such happenings. The government also releases documentaries on such topics, which are sheerly made for education purpose and no entertainment element is linked to it.
We usually don't see such movies or find them so boring that are least bothered about paying attention. But what we are unaware of is that the information delivered by the movies is essential to know. And who knows that the curiosity in nature or astronomy might force you to become an astronaut or a part of disaster management team.