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Russian meteor was once an Apollo asteroid, according to scientists

February 27, 2013

Russian meteor was once an Apollo asteroid, according to scientists

A team of astronomers have identified the origins of the Russian meteor.

A team of Colombian astronomers have painstakingly reconstructed the path of the meteor that captured the world’s attention earlier this month after smashing into the Russian countryside, leaving hundreds of people injured.

The results of the study, announced Wednesday, reveal the 45-foot-wide meteor was destined to smash into Earth.  Using evidence gathered by one camera at the Revolution Square in the city of Chelyabinsk and other videos recorded by witnesses in the close city of Korkino, the team was able to calculate the trajectory of the body in the atmosphere, which allowed them to reconstruct its orbit around the sun.

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