Asteroid vs. Meteor
NASA has confirmed, that the meteor that yesterday broke through the atmosphere in Russia, creating a shock wave that shattered windows, injuring upwards of 1,000 people, is not related to the asteroid 2012 DA14 that passed Earth at the same day. Have a look at the video…
Facts about Meteors and asteroids:
The 130,000 ton 2012 DA14 asteroid was its closed to Earth at 7.25pm, GMT, on February 15, and within 17,000 miles – closer than some satellites.
It would have exploded with the force of 2.4MILLION tons of TNT if hit Earth.
The flyby occurred hours after a smaller meteor exploded above Russia.
The meteor was a 1.5 meter-wide object weighing about 10 tons, traveling at 15 km/s.
An asteroid is a rocky object that’s not as big as a moon and there are millions of them in our Planetary system (asteroid belt).
A meteor is a smaller asteroid that enters and burns up in the Earth’s atmosphere (shooting stars) and if not burned, lands on the surface of Earth.
Space rocks are typically tiny and dark.
When a meteorite is small enough that we don’t see it coming, we should expect similar rare kinds of airburst disasters.
In the video: An asteroid is making the closest known fly-by for a rock of its size on February 15, just hours after a meteorite crashed to Earth in Russia, with nearly a thousand people injured, scientists explained the events are purely coincidental…
A meteor exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains on February 15, injuring more than 1,000 people and causing damage to the Chelyabinsk region.
AGI aerospace engineers have used our Systems Tool Kit (STK) software to create a simulation based on publically available information showing the trajectory of the meteor, as well as the trajectory of asteroid 2012 DA14, which had a close approach today.
The European Meteosat-10 satellite captured the precise moment as the meteor entered Russian atmosphere over Chelyabinsk at 33,000mph.
The Torino scale, wikipedia.
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