Image credit: YouTube/Евгений Славенков
Apparently, at about 09:30 local time, a very big meteor burned up over Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia just east of the Ural mountains, and about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow. The fireball was incredibly bright, rivaling the Sun! There was a pretty big sonic boom from the fireball, which set off car alarms and shattered windows.
Phil Plait has posted a series of videos and photos in this piece. The sight of a meteorite trail is beautiful and terrifying at the same time. I haven’t seen anything like this in my life.
First of all, I do not think this is related in any way to the asteroid 2102 DA14! For one thing, this occurred about 16 hours before DA14 passes. At 8 kilometers per second that’s nearly half a million kilometers away from DA14. That puts it on a totally different orbit.
This event just accentuates the fact that we Humans are grossly unequipped to handle the threats posed by NEOs.
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