The asteroid that exploded near Chelyabinsk, Russia on Feb. 15, 2013 has provided scientists new insights into the risks of smaller asteroid impacts. This 3D simulation of the Chelyabinsk meteor explosion by Mark Boslough was rendered by Brad Carvey using the CTH code on Sandia National Laboratories' Red Sky supercomputer. Andrea Carvey composited the wireframe tail. Photo by Olga Kruglova.
The Chelyabinsk meteor was a Near-Earth asteroid that entered Earth's atmosphere over Russia. It was traveling almost 60 times the speed of sound. The light from the meteor was brighter than the sun. About 1,500 people were injured seriously enough to seek medical treatment. All of the injuries were due to indirect effects rather than the meteor itself, mainly from broken glass from windows that were blown in when the shock wave arrived, minutes after the superbolide's flash.
This image looks like it is falling away from the camera. Some images and vids show it heading in the direction of the camera. This looks like the viewer is out of the blast zone. Amazing power of the blast.
Chelyabinsk meteorite hit the Earth like a warning shot fired from space
12/30/2013 - Chelyabinsk meteorite hit the Earth like a warning shot fired from space - the meteorite is providing invaluable information to help protect against larger rocks that might pose a serious threat to Earth