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Asteroid 2012da14 passes by Earth while a Meteorite crashes onto Russia

For those of you who haven’t seen the video or haven’t heard of the meteorite pieces crashing into a part of Russia, here it is!

The video takes lots of video footage from police vehicles, shop windows as well as people’s personal cameras.

The Asteroid that happened to be doing a very close fly-by of the Earth is named 2012da14. It has ‘2012’ in the name because it was discovered in 2012.

But incidentally the Asteroid and the Meteor that has crashed in Russia aren’t really related and are believed to be coincidental.

The crashing of the meteorite pieces also caused a sonic boom that ended up shattering glass throughout the city. And because of the sudden shattering of glass and doors, this has caused around 1000 reported injuries within this part of Russia. There are also injuries caused by the falling space debris but it is not as drastic a number as those that have been caused by the sonic boom.

Here is a diagram of what scientists say actually happened:

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It may be purely coincidental but I still think it’s pretty neat to see all these occurrences happen so close to each other.

And for those of you who are interested in the night sky or Astronomy there are a couple more Comets set to orbit Earth within the next month so it’ll be cool to check up on that, depending on where you live.

I’m supposed to go to a Comet viewing so I’ll let you guys know how it turns out!

Happy Astronomy-ing!

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Comet Lecture

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I listened to a lecture on why Comets are so great and it was pretty interesting!

The picture above is of Comet Hyakutake seen from Hawaii in 1996.

Beautiful shot isn’t it?

Hawaii is the home of many of the world’s finest observatories and what better way to get ready for comet viewings coming up in March than to have a lecture to explain what it is that we will see.

I won’t go over the WHOLE lecture with you guys but I know it’s cool to learn a neat fact here and there so here are some cool ones that you can share with your friends and family.

-Comets are made completely out of ice and when they get in close proximity of the Sun the ice on the surface starts to sublimate, turning directly from a solid to a gas. The gas then streams away creating comet dust which are the tails and comas of the comet.

-And these same comet tails always point away from the sun. 

-Comets also have orbits but the paths deviate from the traditional circular orbit. Which means that there is no set orbit for comets.

Hope you guys learned a little something!

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