What do we know about the Russian meteor?

The Chelyabinsk meteor exploded at a height of 12 miles (20 km) above Earth, releasing 500 kilotons of energy , approximately 30 times the yield of the nuclear bomb over Hiroshima. It caused a shock wave that broke windows in six Russian cities and caused some 1,500 people to seek treatment for injuries, mainly from flying glass.

When did the asteroid hit Russia?

In 1908, an asteroid or comet hit the atmosphere and exploded near the Tunguska River in central Russia. In what became known as the “Tunguska Event,” the explosion, believed to be 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima , knocked down 80 million trees over more than 5,180 sq km.

When did the meteor explode over Russia?

Asteroid exploded over Russia February 15, 2013. On February 15, 2013, a small incoming asteroid created a meteor – brighter than the sun – over Russia. It exploded in the air over the city of Chelyabinsk .

Was Chelyabinsk meteor actually a meteor?

Based on its entry direction and speed of 19 kilometres per second, the Chelyabinsk meteor apparently originated in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It was probably an asteroid fragment . The meteorite has veins of black material which had experienced high-pressure shock, and were once partly melted due to a previous collision.

How can I find a meteorite?

The best way to find a meteorite is to head into a dry area with a metal detector. If you’re looking for a meteorite in a dry lake bed, your metal detector may not work, as there’s lots of minerals in these areas.

What is the biggest Meteor?

The biggest meteorite that we have recovered is the Hoba, Namibia meteorite that weights around 60 tons and is about 3 meters in diameter. However, over the history of Earth many much larger things have hit it.