Thursday, October 8, 2015   |   3,194 users online
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos  ·  Chat
Find: in

Meteor explodes over Russia

Posted on Friday, 15 February, 2013 | Comment icon 290 comments | News tip by: Professor T

Image credit: Youtube / Russia Today

More than 500 people have been injured after a meteor blasted across Russia's Ural Mountains today.

The destructive event caused widespread panic as people were thrown to the ground by the explosion and shards of broken glass fell all around. The Russian armed forces were put on high alert after reports streamed in, witnesses say the meteor blazed across the sky before bursting in to a bright flash of light accompanied by a deafening sonic boom. At least 67 children are thought to be among the injured.

"Everything went very bright," said one student from a school in Chelyabinsk. "There was a very loud sound like the roar of an aeroplane, then an explosion and glass rained down." Despite the incident occurring just hours before asteroid 2012 DA14 was expected to pass close to the Earth, experts at the European Space Agency have maintained that there is no connection between the two events.

"Over 500 people have been injured after a meteor blasted across the sky above Russia's Ural Mountains this morning, causing explosions and smashing windows."

  View: Full article |  Source: Independent

  Discuss: View comments (290)



Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #281 Posted by Abramelin on 24 February, 2013, 18:28
Are you serious??
Comment icon #282 Posted by Atentutankh-pasheri on 24 February, 2013, 18:48
About which aspect, the park and statue or Meteor as a name?. I think it is an heroic name, though I do not know how it will be as a diminutive, there needs to be some invention about that. However, he will certainly be метеорёнок, Meteoryonok, child of the meteor. And looking into the future, any son of his will have patronymic Meteorevich, son of the meteor, seems cool to me, like some superhero name
Comment icon #283 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 25 February, 2013, 0:04
[hr] [hr]
Comment icon #284 Posted by bmk1245 on 25 February, 2013, 11:13
Slightly better than Электрофикация, but still... Imagine Mетеорёнок (Метеор) Полиграфович Челябинский
Comment icon #285 Posted by Atentutankh-pasheri on 25 February, 2013, 17:20
Fantastic name and when I saw Электрофикация I immediatly though of Приключеня электроника. weird....
Comment icon #286 Posted by seeder on 25 February, 2013, 20:18
and another... Massive green 'fireball' blazes across California sky in another too-close-for-comfort meteor shower
Comment icon #287 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 25 February, 2013, 20:30
Fireballs like this are fairly common and pose no threat to life and limb, the only reason they are being reported world-wide is because of the Russian meteor.
Comment icon #288 Posted by bmk1245 on 26 February, 2013, 12:38
Heh... Brings old memories. [Back on topic] To echo Waspie's post, one can estimate how often asteroids (meteoroids) of particular size will collide with Earth ( , ; for larger than 200 m see Figure 4)
Comment icon #289 Posted by seeder on 26 February, 2013, 13:38
The biggest fragment so far
Comment icon #290 Posted by seeder on 26 February, 2013, 13:43
Russia meteor's origin tracked down

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

Other news in this category
Blue skies and water ice found on Pluto
Posted 10-8-2015 | 0 comments
Pluto's impressive blue haze has been revealed for the first time in new images from New Horizons....
First ever private moon landing set for 2017
Posted 10-2-2015 | 7 comments
A company in California is hoping to become to the first private venture to land a probe on the moon....
Scientists to trial asteroid redirect mission
Posted 9-30-2015 | 12 comments
The new mission will attempt a potentially world-saving maneuver by redirecting an asteroid's trajectory....
NASA discovers liquid water flowing on Mars
Posted 9-28-2015 | 73 comments
NASA has announced that it has discovered the best evidence yet of water flowing on the surface of Mars....
Rare blood moon eclipse to occur tonight
Posted 9-27-2015 | 28 comments
An impressive astronomical event is set to take place tonight for the first time in more than 30 years....
NASA teases major announcement about Mars
Posted 9-25-2015 | 49 comments
The space agency is set to reveal 'a major science finding from its ongoing exploration of Mars.'...
NASA releases Pluto virtual flyover animation
Posted 9-19-2015 | 14 comments
Images from New Horizons have been combined to show what it would look like to fly high over Pluto....
Black hole collision may disrupt space-time
Posted 9-18-2015 | 22 comments
Scientists have predicted that the event will create ripples throughout the space-time continuum....
Cassini discovers global ocean on Enceladus
Posted 9-16-2015 | 14 comments
Scientists are now confident that Saturn's icy moon is home to a subterranean ocean of liquid water....
'Red Dragon' could return rocks from Mars
Posted 9-15-2015 | 4 comments
An ambitious new mission aims to send a spacecraft to pick up samples collected by NASA's Mars rover....
Sweden was hit by a double meteor strike
Posted 9-14-2015 | 6 comments
Two huge meteors simultaneously slammed in to what is now Sweden roughly 468 million years ago....

 View: More news in this category
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ