russian meteor in 2013

Astronomers Stress the Need for Characterizing the Population of Nearby Potential Earth-Impactors

by Dan Majaess October 14, 2013

The meteor explosion over Russia in February 2013 raised concerns that even small asteroid impactors may wreak some havoc given our heavily populated cities.  A new study by NASA scientists aims to improve our understanding of such asteroids that are lurking in Earth’s vicinity.  The team, led by Amy Mainzer, noted that only a mere […]

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Big Meteorite Chunk Found in Russia’s Ural Mountains

by Nancy Atkinson February 27, 2013

Scientists and meteorites hunters have been on a quest to find bits of rock from the asteroid which exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia on February 15. More than 100 fragments have been found so far that appear to be from the space rock, and now scientists from Russia’s Urals Federal University have […]

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Astronomers Calculate Orbit and Origins of Russian Fireball

by Nancy Atkinson February 25, 2013

Just a week after a huge fireball streaked across the skies of the Chelyabinsk region of Russia, astronomers published a paper that reconstructs the orbit and determines the origins of the space rock that exploded about 14-20 km (8-12.5 miles) above Earth’s surface, producing a shockwave that damaged buildings and broke windows. Researchers Jorge Zuluaga […]

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Russian Fireball Inspires Journey into the World of Meteorites

by Bob King February 24, 2013

A little more than week ago a 7,000 ton, 50-foot (15-meter) wide meteoroid made an unexpected visit over Russia to become the biggest space rock to enter the atmosphere since the Tunguska impact in 1908. While scientists still debate whether it was asteroid or comet that sent a tree-flattening shockwave over the Tunguska River valley, we know […]

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European Asteroid Smasher Could Bolster Planetary Defense

by Ken Kremer February 24, 2013

Planetary Defense is a concept very few people heard of or took seriously – that is until last week’s humongous and totally unexpected meteor explosion over Russia sent millions of frightened residents ducking for cover, followed just hours later by Earth’s uncomfortably close shave with the 45 meter (150 ft) wide asteroid named 2012 DA14. […]

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