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 ATTN: Breaking news!

At about 2:00 am EST, a meteor was spotted burning up as it traveled across the sky, just over Chelyabinsk in Russia, which is about 1,500 kilometers east of Moscow in the Ural mountains. Local spectators reported that the fireball created was EXTREMELY bright, almost rivaling the sun, whilst producing a loud sonic boom, powerful enough to shatter glass and set off car alarms!

Phil Plait, an author who also runs slate's 'Bad Astronomy' blog, will be reporting more on the meteor as information comes in. If anything particularly interesting pops up, we'll be sure to do a follow up post on it later. However, we should note than this incident almost certainly has nothing to do with the arrival of 2012 DA14, the asteroid that will pass by us this weekend, closely enough to potentially hit satellites in geosynchronous orbit around Earth.

For now, you can check in on his blog for more updates:

"BREAKING: Huge Meteor Explodes Over Russia:
This video of the meteor streaking across the sky is AMAZING (skip to 27 seconds for the good part);


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