On Thursday a meteor passed through clear skies above Chelyabinsk in Russia. The breakup caused fireballs and a shockwave that blasted windows. Hundreds of people have been injured.
On Friday the 15th the asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass Earth in an unprecedentedly close approach path. It is half the size of a football pitch.
There is no chance of 2012 DA14 hitting Earth, say the experts. You can find out a little more in this FAQ about 2012 DA14; it’ll approach within 17,200 miles and Sumatra, Indonesia will be closest to it when it passes by.
Meanwhile, some of the videos coming out of Russia in the wake of the passing meteor are impressive if somewhat scary.
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What you ever seen anything like the Russian meteor before? Does it fill you with awe or fear?