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February 18, 2013
Asteroid whizzes safely past Earth
Boston (AFP) Feb 15, 2013
A closely tracked asteroid, about 150-feet (45-meters) wide, whizzed safely past Earth on Friday, the same day a much smaller, previously undetected meteor hit Russia, injuring nearly 1,000 people. Live images from a telescope at the Gingin Observatory in western Australia showed the asteroid looking like a white streak, moving across against a backdrop of black sky. Astronomers said the object's speed and proximity made it a challenge to track, because telescopes had to be aimed precisely or ri ... read more
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Divers scour Russian lake after meteor strike injures 1,200
Divers scoured the bottom of a Russian lake on Saturday for fragments of a meteorite that plunged to Earth in a blinding fireball whose shockwaves injured 1,200 people and damaged thousands of homes. ... more

Stay away from meteorites, government tells Russians
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MOND used to predict key property in Andromeda's satellites
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A meteor strike on Friday that injured almost a thousand people in a central Russian city inflicted the biggest known human toll from a space rock, experts said. ... more

Accelerated protons confirm origin of cosmic rays
We are constantly being bombarded by speedy, energetic, and yet unassuming, particles called cosmic rays. These charged particles (mostly protons), continuously assail the Earth from outer space. ... more

Tunguska, 1908: Russia's greatest cosmic mysteryq
The stunning burning-up of a meteor over Russia on Friday that unleashed a shockwave injuring hundreds of people appears to be the country's most dramatic cosmic experience since the historic Tunguska Event of June 1908. ... more

Meteor strike in Russia hurts over 500
A plunging meteor exploded with a blinding flash above central Russia on Friday, setting off a shockwave that shattered windows and hurt over 500 people in an event unprecedented in modern times. ... more
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