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Chelyabinsk sky rendering

Reconstructions of the path and damage caused by the asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in Feb. 15, 2013, provide information about the origin, trajectory and power of the airburst. These details, published in a pair of papers in Nature, may help to refine theoretical models about the likely frequency of such events and potential damage that could be caused.


This 3D simulation of the Chelyabinsk meteor explosion by Mark Boslough was rendered by Brad Carvey using the CTH code on Sandia National Laboratories' Red Sky supercomputer. Andrea Carvey composited the wireframe tail. Photo by Olga Kruglova.

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Taken on November 5, 2013