Meteor causes shock in Russia
February 15, 2013 |
I’d like to see a meteor, but had I been in central Russia this morning, I think it would have been too close for comfort.
Chunks of a meteor have fallen in the Chelyabinsk region, injuring hundreds. The fragments probably belonged to a larger meteor that partially burned up in Earth’s lower atmosphere. The Russian Academy of Sciences estimates that the meteor weighed about 10 tonnes and was travelling at around 54,000 kilometres per hour.
Another much larger meteor is due to pass near Earth later today, and should be visible from the UK – but I’ll need binoculars to see it.
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