First, let me make sure that all of you know the difference between a meteor, a meteorite, and a meteoroid. A meteor is "any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that enters Earth's atmosphere". A meteorite is a meteor that hits the Earth's surface, and a meteoroid is the same chunk of rock or metal or combination of the two when it is still out in space before it enters the Earth's atmosphere. Got that?
So, what happened recently in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk? All three of the above happened. First it was meteoroid, then it became a meteor and the fireball became as bright as the sun lighting up the sky, and finally exploded and rained smaller chunks down on Earth. It was a good thing that it broke apart because it originally weighed in at over 10,000 pounds.
Want to see some pictures?
It's trail as it entered the atmosphere:
A hole made in the ice by one of the small pieces after it exploded and broke apart:
Some of the damage its shock wave caused:
Russia was hit a long time ago by one that flattened thousands of acres of trees in Siberia.
By the way, a Russian school teacher remembering the days of the cold war, when seeing the bright flash, had all her students duck and cover. None of them got a scratch where as a lot of people did get hurt by shattered glass. From what I have heard, it was traveling with a much, much larger companion. We all should be thankful it missed us. . . this time. As Arnold said, it will be back!! They are nothing to scoff at, remember they caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. No, they were not all killed when it hit. It was the aftermath that slowly did away with them. Now, don't strain your necks by watching the sky for them, but just have a happy and great day today, you hear?