A meteor exploded with a blinding flash above central Russia on Friday, just when we weren’t expecting it. All eyes were turned towards the area of the sky where the DA14 asteroid was “near missing” the planet, and the meteor snuck up behind us – so to speak. At first I wondered if the two could be related, but apparently they were no.
Experts said that the fall of such a large meteor estimated as weighing dozens of tonnes was extremely rare while the number of casualties from its burning up around a heavily-inhabited area was unprecedented. ’Thank God that nothing fell onto inhabited areas,’ President Vladimir Putin said in a meeting with the Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov, ordering him to look into how to warn citizens about such events. He was referring to actual ”pieces” of the meteor, which was apparently completely vaporized in the atmosphere.
Another report from another high ranking Russian official was not so kind (and more than a little odd). He blamed this on the United States military, who he claimed were testing some sort of new-fangled “meteor weapon”. Other conspiracy theorists are now saying it was actually an “attack from outer space” because it coincided with some sort of “skyline light show” they observed.
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- Conspiracists suggest Russian meteor was really an attack(pix11.com)
- NASA: Russian Meteor Nuclear-Like(thedailybeast.com)
- Simulation Tracks Path of Russian Meteor(news.discovery.com)
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