Marat Akhmetaleyev, 31, was at the right place at the right time. Mr Akhmetaleyev had gone out to shoot some idyllic rural scenes when the meteorite blasted into view just where his camera was pointing. This incredible picture of the Russian meteorite was taken by the professional photographer who feared it was a nuclear bomb. Despite trembling with fear, Mr Akhmetaleyev instinctively started snapping away as the space rock lit up the sky. The 100,000-tonne space rock blitzes through the air before exploding with the force of 30 Hiroshima bombs.
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You would have to be living under a rock to not have heard about the meteor impact in Russia this morning. Over 700 people were been injured in the sparsely-populated Chelyabinsk region from the impact. There are tons of videos floating around the web so we took the liberty of compiling the best of the best into this Russian Meteor Supercut.
Early this morning a meteorite crashed down in Russia. The crash was supposedly unrelated to the much larger meteor that was supposed to be a very close call to Earth. 2012 DA14, a 50 meter (160 foot) rock will pass just over 27,000 kilometers (17,000 miles) from the Earth’s surface. The meteorite landed in the sparsely-populated Chelyabinsk region, causing over 700 injuries due to shattered glass, mostly from the impact. It appears as though it was a single rock, but sources are conflicted on whether it was a shower or not.