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Chunks of Russian Meteorite Found

The meteorite that streaked across the sky in February 2013 and caused a huge sonic boom, has been found in a nearby lake.
Remember the news coverage regarding that meteorite that lit up the sky in northern Russia, caused a big sonic boom, blew out windows, and injured people? Well chunks of the meteorite have been found!

The event occurred on February 15, 2013 when a meteor explosion occurred over the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia. It was caught on video and the sound blast from it broke nearby windows and injured people. There were holes in nearby Lake Chebarkul where it was believed chunks of the meteorite landed.

On Wednesday, October 16 researchers pulled a massive chunk of the meteorite from that lake, roughly the size of child's pedal car, weighing in at more than 1,250 pounds!

So far scientists have recovered five pieces of the meteorite. They have carefully observed the perimeter and shell of each piece to learn more about its composition and entrance into our Earth's atmosphere. There is a hypothesis derived from the latest retrieved chunk, this meteor may have had a close call or impact with the sun or other planet earlier in its space lifetime. The scientists are trying to be very careful with these meteorite pieces, but when the most recent chunk was brought to the surface (from 60 feet below water's surface) it broke in two pieces!

Researches estimate the asteroid was 55 feet long and weighed more than 10,000 tons when it entered Earth's atmosphere and later turned into a fireball over Chelyabinsk. For the entire story and video, click here.

-Meteorologist Steve Glazier
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