There were a lot more questions than answers when a meteor exploded over Russia's Ural mountains earlier this month, but NASA has finally come out with what details it can regarding the event. They've released a new ScienceCast video through their ScienceAtNASA YouTube channel that explains what happened, and why no one saw it coming.
Well, by now you've probably seen and been equal parts terrified and mesmerized by the video of a meteor exploding in the skies over Russia, and if you haven't, take a couple of minutes and go do that right now, because seriously, it's incredible.
When you're done, though, make sure you come back here to get an up close and personal look at 2012 DA14, a giant rock from space that so far as we can tell isn't going to explode in our atmosphere and blow out windows today, which is a nice change
. Find out more about 2012 DA14 and watch NASA's live stream of the asteroid flyby -- complete with commentary from NASA staff, who are full of all sorts of useful information about asteroids -- right here starting at 2:00 pm EST.
Stories are still coming in from the affected region, but we're keeping up as best we can with this quickly developing story, and we'll be updating all right here all day. To the burning question on most folks' minds, no, it doesn't appear the meteor that wreaked havoc in Russia earlier today had any connection to Asteroid DA14
, which is due to make its closest pass of Earth later this afternoon. That's according to the European Space Agency. More details below as we get them.
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Meet Asteroid DA14. Well, I should say, you will be meeting Asteroid DA14 in about a week, when it becomes the closest non-man-made object of its size to be near the Earth in a very long time.
Sigh. And it probably won't even give Earth a call afterward.