CHELYABINSK 1 YEAR LATER
Photo Credit: Just a simple collage I made. CLICK photo for larger image and see below for information.
Today, February 15, 2014 marks the one year anniversary of the worldwide event known as the Chelyabinsk Meteor strike. On the same day that Near Earth Asteroid 2012/DA14, at 17,200 miles in altitude was making one of the closest asteroid flybys in recorded history, the airburst meteor that flashed brighter than the Sun and knocked buildings down with its shockwave ripped the asteroid’s stage out from under it.
This also happens to be the birthdays of Galileo Galilei (1564) and 400 years later, NASA astronaut Leland Melvin (1964).
I don’t think these men will get quite a show for their birthday’s this year but the day’s not over yet! The top photo in the collage above is a screen capture from a dash cam that captured the video of the meteor as it broke apart in the sky. The bottom left image is of a 1322 lb. piece of the meteor that was recovered from Lake Chebarkul, Russia and is today on display at the Chelyabinsk State Museum, Russia. The bottom right photo is of a 1256 lb. chunk as it was being pulled from Lake Chebarkul, Russia.