Meteor Explodes Over Russia

By: Susie77 , 7:05 PM GMT on February 15, 2013

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Courtesy of Spaceweather dot com

RUSSIAN METEOR INJURES HUNDREDS: Ths morning, a meteor exploded in the daytime skies above Chelyabinsk, Russia. According to CNN, hundreds of people were injured, mainly from the glass fragments of windows shattered by shock waves from the explosion. It is natural to wonder if this event has any connection to today's record-setting flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14. NASA has issued the following statement:

"The trajectory of the Russian meteorite was significantly different than the trajectory of the asteroid 2012 DA14, making it a completely unrelated object. Information is still being collected about the Russian meteorite and analysis is preliminary at this point. In videos of the meteor, it is seen to pass from left to right in front of the rising sun, which means it was traveling from north to south. Asteroid DA14's trajectory is in the opposite direction, from south to north."

Videos of the event may be found here and here. In many of the videos you can hear the sound of windows shattering as the meteor's loud shock wave reaches the ground. Onlookers cry out in Russian as alarms and sirens sound in the background. Stay tuned for updates!

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4. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
6:33 PM GMT on February 22, 2013
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3. Susie77
10:37 PM GMT on February 15, 2013
We can only monitor the stuff big enough to see with either space- or earth-based telescopes. My guess is that this thing was far too small to be picked up until it entered the atmosphere. And wow -- yeah, on the Cold War thing. Didn't even think of that. That might not have turned out well.
@Aubie, I wouldn't have minded getting a chunk of it too! That meteorite stuff sells for a fortune.
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2. auburn (Mod)
9:52 PM GMT on February 15, 2013
so cool!!!Happy no one was killed..but I wish I could have seen and heard it!
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1. GardenGrrl
8:54 PM GMT on February 15, 2013
Saw some of the videos. Am so glad this did not happen during the height of the Cold War. It looked like a missle attack. Curious though is that there was no warning that I am aware of.
Here's me showing my ignorance but I thought we monitored things coming in from space.
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