Some 2014 Olympic Gold Medals Will Have a Russian Meteorite In Them

Winning a gold medal is one of the highest achievements in sports, the beautiful round medallion rewards years of hard work and confirms an athlete's status as the very best. Russia is going to sweeten the deal a bit in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics (no, they're not wrapping chocolate inside), with extra medals that… » 7/25/13 11:13pm 7/25/13 11:13pm

A Meteor Streaked Across the East Coast of the United States and No…

At around 8 o'clock tonight, a meteor that's been described as "huuuuge green" and "very bright" and "blueish" and "glowing green" and "pretty big" and "very slow and bright green" was spotted across the east coast of the United States from NYC to DC to Baltimore to West Virginia to Boston and basically any big city where millions … » 3/22/13 10:45pm 3/22/13 10:45pm

The Only Woman Who Ever Got Hit By a Meteorite Survived

Imagine going about your day like the people in Russia only to be smacked against a wall by a meteorite's shockwave. That's already crazy. But imaging being in your home, napping on your couch and actually getting hit by an actual meteorite. That actually happened to Ann Hodges in 1954. She survived. » 2/23/13 1:00am 2/23/13 1:00am

What the Russian Meteorite's Shockwave Really Felt Like on the Ground

As we get to know more and more about how powerful the meteorite that exploded over Russia really was, something still gets lost in translation. This video makes it abundantly clear how strong the blast was. The footage is collected from different locations throughout the Chelyabinsk city and shows how it really felt… » 2/21/13 10:00pm 2/21/13 10:00pm

Russian Meteorite Exploded With "30 Times the Energy Released by the…

Following last week's meteorite explosion, scientists have finally had chance to sit down and figure out exactly what happened—and the results help explain why it shook Russia so hard. » 2/19/13 6:53am 2/19/13 6:53am

Russia's Meteorite Explosion Was "Heard" Half-Way Around the World

A big ol' meteroite exploded over Russia last Friday, and while the shock waves that shot across the Internet were definitely strong, the ones that shot through the atmosphere were pretty impressive too. The blast was loud enough for infrasound sensors as far as half-a-world away to hear. » 2/17/13 1:00pm 2/17/13 1:00pm

What's the Difference Between an Asteroid and a Meteor?

Today, we dealt with an asteroid and a meteor. The 2012 DA14 asteroid zipped passed Earth today and a meteor exploded over Russia. What the heck is the difference between an asteroid and a meteor? And a meteorite? And a meteoroid? Not too much, apparently! » 2/15/13 9:00pm 2/15/13 9:00pm

This Is the Russian Meteor Impact Site

Russian authorities claim to have found the impact sites of some of the fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteor, according to the RIA Novosti news agency. Two have been found near Chebarkul Lake—one of them pictured here. The other one is near Zlatoust, a town 80 kilometers northwest of Chelyabinsk. » 2/15/13 1:04pm 2/15/13 1:04pm

Meteorite Explodes Over Russia, Panic Spreads

A meteorite has just exploded over Russia. This doesn't feel good when you know that a 150-foot asteroid is about to fly by Earth—and you read about the actual effects of an impact if astronomers' calculations are wrong. The Guardian is reporting that 474 people have been injured. » 2/15/13 2:14am 2/15/13 2:14am