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2012 DA14 (asteroid)
Chelyabinsk asteroid smashed glass, burned skin, defied expectations
Chelyabinsk asteroid smashed glass, burned skin, defied expectations

Planetary scientists weren’t remotely expecting the 62-foot-wide Chelyabinsk fireball to shoot across Russian skies in February  -- they’d had their eyes peeled on a much bigger target that missed the Earth by a decent margin, the asteroid 2012 DA14. But this relatively modest, unseen space rock caused a shock wave that shattered countless windows in the city and injured more than a thousand people. It was the largest asteroid impact on land in more than a century. Researchers are now saying that such impacts, from relatively small asteroids just tens of yards long, might be 10 times more common than we’d thought. The finding comes from one of three studies...

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