Russian meteor blast comes under scrutiny on Discovery Science special

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10:19 PM March 16th, 2013

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March 16th, 2013 10:19 PM

Discovery Science has announced an exclusive and unprecedented look at the recent Russian meteor explosion with FIRE IN THE SKY: A DAILY PLANET SPECIAL.  The special premiered Saturday, March 9 at 9:30 p.m. on Discovery Science with encores Sunday, March 10 at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13 at 9:30 p.m., Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m. and Friday, March 15 at 11:30 a.m.

On the morning of February 15th, a meteor weighing nearly 11 tons burst into the atmosphere over the Russian mountain city of Chelyabinsk, 900 miles from the center of Moscow, with the power equal to that of an atomic bomb, at a speed of almost 34,000 miles per hour.

The intense flash of light and intensity was recorded by bystanders in nations hundreds of miles away, creating sonic blasts and tremendous shock waves and leaving smashed windows, collapsed roofs and injured nearly 1000 people in the aftermath.  Following closely in its wake, a 13-story-size asteroid will pass within 17,100 miles of Earth this weekend before heading off into space.

Are the two events related? What marvels will come next? How can we prepare? Join scientists, physicists, astronomers and experts from around the globe as they explore this major phenomenon and what may be on the horizon for our planet’s future.

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