After some very cool sleuthing by two astronomers, the true nature of the Russian meteor has been uncovered. Turns out it has a similar orbit to the Earth-crossing Apollo-class asteroids. This was a warning shot, there’s bigger ones out there [cue Jaws music] Read more
BREAKING NEWS: Meteorite Explodes Over Russian City, Hundreds Injured
A meteor or meteorite exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia this morning, reportedly injuring hundreds of people. As of right now, there are no confirmed deaths in the city of roughly 1 million people, but officials are still assessing the situation.
The number of injuries so far varies from 100 to roughly 400, most caused by shattered window glass.
According to experts, the event is not connected with asteroid DA12, which is projected to pass within the orbit of geosynchronous satellites. That particular rock is, by all reliable accounts, expected to miss the Earth entirely later today.
Impact Earth! is an interactive page from Purdue University. You can enter some data and see some infos about the impact of a meteor on Earth. If you want to simulate a collision with an asteroid like 2005 YU55, the diameter to enter is 400m.