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A Meteorite Hit Russia This Morning, and It’s Easily the Most Amazing Story on the Internet Right Now

Here’s a whole collection of different video recordings of the meteorite that streaked over the Ural Mountains in Russia early this morning (so, in the middle of last night for those of us in American timezones), breaking up in the atmosphere, leaving an impressive contrail, and causing a sonic boom that caused a wide radius of broken windows and damaged buildings. There have been no reported deaths so far, but many folks have sought medical attention for broken glass related injuries.

A meteorite strike as flashy and dramatic as this one would be news on any day, but this isn’t even 2012 DA14, the asteroid scienctists and astronomers were expecting to buzz very close to the Earth’s atmosphere this afternoon. Naturally, this is leading a lot of folks to wonder if the two might be connected.

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And All Was Right With the World

Jupiter Just Took One For the Team, Meteorite Style

When you look up at the sky tonight (or early tomorrow morning), see if you can find Jupiter. And if you can, give it a bit of a nod. A salute. A wave. Perhaps, extend your fist towards it, and imagine that it’s giving you a planetary fistbump right back, because if Jupiter could, it would. Instead, it’ll just have to keep using its enormous gravity well to attract dangerous extra-solar bodies like asteroids and comets, giving the inner solar system of Mercury, Venus, Mars, and yes, Earth, a bit shelter from what space, earth, and ancient life scientists understatedly call “impact events.”

You know, like it did yesterday morning, as picked up on by a handful of amateur astronomers.

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