Meteor explodes over Russia

Object unrelated to February 15 asteroid flyby

By Andrew Grant, 10:21 AM February 15, 2013

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Mother Nature took earthlings by surprise by exploding a meteor in the skies over Russia Friday morning. The boom occurred just hours before a much larger object was scheduled to pass the planet uneventfully at a distance of about 27,000 kilometers.

The Russian meteor has no connection to the asteroid 2012 DA14, which will reach its closest point to Earth at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

"The fireball is not related in any way to 2012 DA14," says Paul Chodas, a planetary scientist with ...

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