CHELYABINSK, RUSSIA - People heard what sounded like an explosion before being blinded by a bright light and blown backwards by a shockwave this Friday morning in central Russia. According to a Reuter's correspondent in the city, which lies 950 miles east of Moscow. The meteor streaked across the sky, raining deadly fireballs over the area as it exploded, blowing out windows and injuring at least 1,200 people.
The flaming meteor was traveling at a speed of 19 miles per second, according to Roscosmos, a Russian space agency. The meteor blazed across the horizon, leaving behind a long, white trail that could be seen 125 miles in either direction. "I felt like I was blinded by headlights." - Click here for complete article.
EXAMINER - A historical event has taken place, and our beloved Earth as averted dire destruction. Asteroid 2012 DA14 was on a path aimed at our planet and is currently closing in at a speed of 17,398 mph. Named for the date on which it was discovered, Asteroid 2012 DA14 has made history with its near-Earth flyby, narrowly missing impact with Earth, scientists say, by a mere fifteen minutes. The estimated 150-foot-wide asteroid flew within 17,200 miles of our home planet on Friday, February 15, 2013, marking it as the nearest known flyby to date. Many questions have been raised concerning the connection between this asteroid and the meteor which struck Russia on the exact same morning.
NASA says the Russian Meteor is not related to Asteroid 2012 DA14's travel through space, as the asteroid is approaching from the direction of the South Pole, while the Russian meteor landed in the Northern hemisphere.