Feb
26
2013

Picking up the pieces of the Russian meteor event

Meteor might: The vapor trail shows the path of a meteor that streaked across the Russian skies earlier this month.
Meteor might: The vapor trail shows the path of a meteor that streaked across the Russian skies earlier this month.Courtesy Nikita Plekhanov
What do you get when you cross cross-country skiing with trigonometry? You get answers to exactly what happened in Russia a couple weeks ago when a meteor flashed across the sky. Click here to see the earlier Buzz post about the event.

Using video footage gathered from various sources and knowing the landing point of the meteor, scientists in Columbia have been able to recreate its path to Earth, including the boom-a-rang effect it had in orbiting around the sun. A separate group of researcher have pinpointed that the meteor came from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

And closer to the scene of the impact, cross-country skiers have crisscrossed over the 31-mile-long debris field below the meteor's path, collecting more than 100 pieces of meteorite, the biggest being 2.2 pounds.

Some chunks are for sale for as much as $16,000. How much would you be willing to spend for a piece of space debris? How much would you be willing to spend now that you know it's probably 4.5 billion years old?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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mdr says:

More updates from NASA have now been posted on EarthSky.com.

posted on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 12:19pm

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