Asteroid Day Arrives: Massive Meteor Strike Confirmed in Russia

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A large meteor was spotted blazing through the sky over Russia today. A Russian Interior Spokesman confirmed that a space rock did indeed crash to earth near the city of Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountains where over 400 injuries were reported.

Watch the stunning footage of the meteor below:

Today is the day that Earth is to experience the closest asteroid flyby in history when 2012 DA14 skirts by at just over 17,000 miles away. By all estimates, scientists have said that this asteroid will narrowly miss hitting earth, flying closer than some satellites and said to miss us by 15 minutes.

But they haven’t warned about shrapnel rocks breaking through and landing. It’s unclear whether the meteor that hit Russia is related to this flyby, but it seems likely since meteor showers are falling the exact same day.

Reuters is reporting that event as meteor showers but mentions the correlation between Asteroid 2012 DA14:

The Emergencies Ministry described Friday’s events as a “meteor shower in the form of fireballs” and said background radiation levels were normal. It urged residents not to panic.

Chelyabinsk city authorities urged people to stay indoors unless they needed to pick up their children from schools and kindergartens. They said a blast had been heard at an altitude of 10,000 meters (32,800 feet), apparently signaling it occurred when the meteorite entered Earth’s atmosphere.

The U.S. space agency NASA has said an asteroid known as 2012 DA14, about 46 meters in diameter, would have an encounter with Earth closer than any asteroid since scientists began routinely monitoring them about 15 years ago.

Keep your eyes on the sky today and stay safe.

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  • Scientists said it would not hit and posed no threat. So did the news.

    • Right, and they’re never wrong about anything. By the looks of it, this video demonstrates that 2012 DA14 brought a few friends too. These smaller impacts are still something to look out for.

    • Speechless

      The asteroid did not hit. What you see here is a much smaller rock fragment – I would guess about football sized. They should be able to work out the trajectory to determine whether or not it came from the asteroid.

      • Speechless

        Big football! – apparently about 11 tons, so maybe a meter and a half across. What I can find so far indicates that it is not associated with the asteroid – wrong trajectory.

        • humpty dumpty

          as mentioned above. The flyby of the big one for today, will probably drag a few friends along for the ride. some in front, some behind. logic would seem like this incident won’t be the last.

    • Nexus789

      This is the one they missed. The one they know about will pass very closely. Lucky it was not bigger as it could have been a major global event.

      The real concern is all the ones they don’t know about.

  • neslo

    This research from UCLA. What happened in Russia last night hasn’t happened for 100 years on earth. And we have not noticed a close flyby of a 15 story building by 15 story wide cube (Asteroid 2012 AD14 to put things in perspective), ever before.

    So is this a coincidence? The odds are 5.5 million to one, and more big rocks are still out there, untracked

    are your preps ready?

    • J. Diggety

      Hasn’t happened for 100 years? That’s quite surprising, because in December of 1996 in rural Indiana, I saw a meteor fall that looked exactly like the videos of this one. White light growing larger, then a flash of orange light illuminating the entire sky, followed by orange streaks of light and smoke that fade away. Minutes later a sonic boom. I saw this happen with my own two eyes less than 20 years ago. The reason this one is a big deal is because it affected a populated area and because it is coincidental with the asteroid approaching us. But in itself, this kind of event (except for the sonic boom causing damage) is not rare. Though it is freakin’ spectacular.

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