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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Just for fun: Meteors


On February 15th, a large meteor fell near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, which is located just east of the Ural Mountains. Although spectacular, it did cause a fair amount of damage, including over a thousand injuries and many broken windows.

Here's a compilation video of the meteor including some of the aftermath:



More on this at Bad Astronomy and at The Guardian.

Meanwhile, that same day another meteor was seen near San Francisco:



Luckily, this one didn't cause any damage.

Remember, this was also the same day that the asteroid 2012 DA14 did its close fly-by. 



Quite a day for sky-watchers.