Friday, February 15, 2013

Meteor hits central russia it wasnt 2012 DA14! It's still up there

Apparently, at about 09:30 local time, a very big meteor burned up over Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia just east of the Ural mountains, and about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow. A pretty big sonic boom from the fireball, which set off car alarms and shattered windows. There are reports of many people injured (by shattered glass blown out by the shock wave).

Here's a video collection of the Ural Meteorit:

A vast collection of internet videos showing "Tuguska Light" (is there an 'official' term by now?) and its aftermath (Photo of the meteorite from the space and the 6-meter wide crater at Lake Chebarkul included) :

According to ESA experts there is NO link between Russia event & asteroid 2012 DA14 close approach.

Here you can see preliminary calculations showing how the 2 events are unrelated

thanks to Ernesto Guido & Nick Howes

There's no way for something like that traveling above escape velocity to curve its way around our planet to the point that it reaches the Ural mountains!

It's literally a cosmic coincidence, although a spectacular one but this are 2 different space bodies or events

 Below you can see an animation (10-minute steps) showing the path of 2012 DA14 from 21:00 UT of Feb. 15 to 02:00 UT of Feb. 16 (calculated for Rome, Italy). Next to the asteroid designation, you can see the expected magnitude value. Click on the animation for a bigger version.

The animated gif below made by Geert Barentsen indicate (green areas) parts of the world where the asteroid will be above (and the Sun below) the horizon during the period of its maximum brigthness (18h00-21h30 UTC of Feb. 15). Observers in Australia, Asia and Europe will be best placed. Click on the
animation for a bigger version.

Back to the russian asteroid

Meanwhile there are Parts of the Chelyabinsk meteorite 'on sale' on some Russian websites. "Will sell meteorite pieces cheap, photos later," an announcement read

Update, UTC Time 14:23 Friday

NASA Follows Asteroid Flyby

Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST)

Watch it here



Nasa TV:


  1. Chelyabinsk wasn't the only fireball reported on the same day that DA14 passed by. I don't know if I believe Frank Davis that most of them actually were related to DA14 in some way, but he has a couple possible explanations for the different trajectories. And these are supported by his computer models. If there's a chance that he's right it means that near-miss asteroids can be accompanied by such events -- meaning a serious risk when Apophis passes in 2029. If he's wrong, I'd like to see NASA or someone specifically debunk his models.

    -- Jim Burrill

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