"Meteorite" Over Russia Was An Asteroid
A 10,000 ton asteroid streaked across the sky over the Ural mountains in Russia and exploded at 25 miles above the ground on Feb 15, 2013.
Update: NASA has released new details about the meteor: NSAS scientists now say the object was 55 feet (17 m) large (making it an asteroid),
with an estimated mass of 10,000 tons.
The asteroid entered the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of at least 33,000 mph (or 15 km/s), roughly 44 times the speed of sound.
The asteroid was not detected before atmospheric entry.
The "Chelyabinsk meteor" is the largest recorded object to hit the Earth since the 1908 Tunguska event.
The fall of the asteroid is not related to the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14, which occured on the same day (Feb 15, 2013)
at the closest distance from Earth ever recorded by astronomers - 17,200 miles (27,700 kilometers).
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