Friday, December 15, 2017

Chelyabinsk meteor traveled for 1.2 million years before impact

Experts at Helsinki University recently estimated that the meteor that fell in the Chelyabinsk region in February was once part of a larger asteroid, traveling through space for 1.2 million years before making impact.

Led by Helsinki University researcher Michael Granwick, the team of astronomers believe the Chelyabinsk meteor to be 4.5 billion years old, having been formed in the asteroid belt situated between Mars and Jupiter, The Voice of Russia reports.

So far, the largest fragment recovered from the meteor weights more than 1,250 pounds and was discovered at the bottom of Lake Chebarkul in late September. The Russian government has invested more than $45,000 in fragment recovery efforts to date.

The shockwave from the meteor's impact broke windows in 4,715 buildings, and more than 1,500 people were injured, according to The Voice of Russia.