Russian Meteor - Before and During Disintegration

On the 15th of February, 2013 a weather satellite - known as Meteosat-9 - captured images of an unexpected meteor as it broke into Earth's atmosphere.  Streaking through the atmosphere, the space rock was heading towards the Chelyabinsk region of Russia.

A heavily industrialized area - home to around 1 million people - it is south of the Ural Mountains and about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow.  The region is one of the most important in Russia when it comes to military-industrial work. 

Vladimir Lipunov, an astrophysicist who is head of the Space Monitoring Laboratory at Moscow State University, gave an interview about the meteor's strike.  He describes the region of impact:

... you can't drive a mile without passing a defense or a nuclear industry installation.  (Quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald on February 18, 2013.)

The boundary lines, on this clip, depict Russia (left of the line) and Kazakstan (right of the line).

Media Credits

Video images from Meteosat-9, a weather satellite.  Online, courtesy ESA (European Space Agency). 

The ESA provides more information about this satellite and the images it captured on February 15, 2013:


A joint venture of the European Space Agency and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, Meteosat-9 was launched in 2005 to keep watch on Earth's weather from space. The satellite also took video of the fireball.


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