A burning bright comet streaked across the Siberian sky, a thunderous impact, windows shattered, more than a thousand people were injured, 200 of them children. The majestic, apocalyptic meteorite struck 950 miles east of Moscow, near the city of Chelyabinsk. The streaking meteor was caught on camera by a number of people. Russian scientists believe that the meteorites may have split off from the closely watched meteor, 2012 DA14, which is due for a near miss with Earth today. It is also possible that the meteorite was flying alongside 2012 DA14. Others have said that the two meteors are a literal cosmic coincidence that have nothing to do with each other.
The current best guess is that a 10-ton meteor called a bolide exploded and evaporated 20 to 30 miles above the Earth's surface, raining meteorites down onto Russia (a "meteorite" is a meteor that has passed through Earth's atmosphere).
The shock wave from the meteorite's impact blew out windows and rocked buildings. Most of the injuries were caused by broken glass. No deaths have been reported.
Just a reminder that it only takes one giant space rocks to make the rest of our problems feel very small.