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Russian Meteor - Comparative Sizes

Russian Meteor - Comparative Sizes Aviation & Space Exploration STEM Astronomy

NASA, and other space agencies around the world, knew that Asteroid 2012 DA 14 was going to have a Low-Earth orbit on February 15, 2013.  The expected arrival time - and place of closest-approach to Earth - was discussed for days before.

What NASA, and other space agencies around the world, did not know was that a meteor would streak across the sky and land somewhere in the Chelyabinsk Oblast ("region") of Russia on the same day.

How large were those two space rocks?  How do they compare, in size, to the space shuttle?  This graphic answers those questions, insofar as NASA scientists can infer (based on available data).

Click on the image for a better view.


Media Credits

Image of relative sizes, online courtesy NASA.

 

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