Friday, July 20, 2018

Scientists find meteorite fragments

Scientists from Russia's Urals Federal University have discovered a one kilogram fragment from the meteorite that stuck the Urals region on February 15.

University Expedition Chief Viktor Grokhovsky said on Monday that more than 100 fragments have been found by the expedition, which searched a 50 kilometer train under the meteorite's flight path, RIA Novosti reports.

The meteorite injured more than 1,500 people and damaged thousands of building as it streaked across the sky over Chelyabinsk.

According to NASA, the meteorite was estimated at approximately 15 meters in diameter when it stuck Earth's atmosphere, traveling at several times the speed of sound, exploding into a fireball brighter than the morning sun, according to RIA Novosti.

Earlier this week, scientists found fragments of the meteor in an eight-meter wide crater in the region's Lake Chebarkul.