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Russia plans to use modified missiles to shoot asteroids

Russia plans to use modified missiles to shoot asteroids

The danger of large asteroids colliding with Earth is always a concern for space agencies around the world, and there are a number of plans on how to prevent this from happening. Russia, however, seems to have plans that involve a more direct approach: blowing up any approaching meteorites using intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Apparently this is the country's strategy for revenge for the 2013 meteor that exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk, injuring over 1,000 people.

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Perseid meteor shower peaked with 100 meteors an hour

Perseid meteor shower peaked with 100 meteors an hour

Last night brought a grand celestial show for those who were in regions with agreeable weather. The Perseid meteor shower was complemented by a lack of intrusive moonlight, and as a result many got a solid look at the meteors as they blazed by. The shower started in earnest earlier this week and increased over a couple days to hit its peak last night. Very early this morning was arguably the best time to have watched the shower, but it you go out tonight you'll still be able to catch the stragglers.

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Exploding meteor caught on dash cam in New Zealand

Exploding meteor caught on dash cam in New Zealand

Thanks to the increasing number of dashcams on cars across the globe, we've seen fireballs of various sorts caught on camera in places that mostly lie within Russia. Yet another has been caught on camera, this time in New Zealand where a meteor can be seen zipping into view between the clouds, then exploding with a bright light followed by zooming out of view. Unlike some of the massive fireballs we've seen in other videos, this one was relatively fast and simple, and punctuated with a quick woo! from the driver.

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How to view tonight’s Perseid meteor shower from anywhere

How to view tonight’s Perseid meteor shower from anywhere

If you’re looking for something neat to do late tonight/early tomorrow morning, we’ve got an idea. The Perseid Meteor shower can be viewed at it’s boldest moment in the hours when few are around, and if you want to see it — we’ll tell you how.

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Lyrid meteor shower: here’s how to watch it

Lyrid meteor shower: here’s how to watch it

The time is upon us for this year's Lyrid meteor shower, which takes place every April, with this year's shower expected to peak early tomorrow morning. While there's nothing quite like watching it outside betwixt the clouds, those foiled by poor weather or location aren't out of luck.

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NASA says Chelyabinsk-like meteor strike 7x more likely than previously believed

NASA says Chelyabinsk-like meteor strike 7x more likely than previously believed

One of the most damaging meteor strikes in recorded history occurred earlier this year over the frigid Russian town of Chelyabinsk. The meteor injured as many as 1000 people when it entered the Earth's atmosphere over the Russian city creating shockwaves that shattered windows and rained shards of debris on people in the city. Scientists were later able to determine the meteor weighed in the area of 10,000 tons and is a chrondite.

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NASA records largest explosion ever on the Moon

NASA records largest explosion ever on the Moon

NASA scientists have recorded what they say is the largest explosion ever seen on the Moon. A meteoroid roughly the size of a small boulder crashed into the moon, creating a large explosion that NASA says could have been seen with the naked eye. The meteoroid was said to have weighed around 90 pounds and was traveling at approximately 56,000 mph when it crashed into the moon.

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Scientists discover Russian meteor origins

Scientists discover Russian meteor origins

It's been nearly two weeks since a meteor exploded over Russia, injuring around 1000 people, and damaging windows across as many as 4,000 buildings. After much analysis and research, Scientists in Colombia were able to figure out the meteor's path through the Earth's atmosphere, and use that to trace its orbit around the sun. Jorge Zuluaga and Ignacio Ferrin, researchers from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, used trignometry to track the meteor's height, speed, and position as it made its way to Earth.

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Strange alien slime appears after meteor strike

Strange alien slime appears after meteor strike

Here's your daily dose of crazy. A strange, gooey substance has been appearing all over the Somerset nature reserve that's about a thousand miles away from Russia. The mysterious substances have been showing up ever since the meteor event in Russia a few days ago. Both the tourists of the reserve, as well as the workers there, have described the slimes resembling "something living".

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Meteorite fragments found in Russia up for sale

Meteorite fragments found in Russia up for sale

After last week's meteor fly-by in Russia, many people have been searching for fragments of the rock that eventually made its way onto the Earth's surface. A larger chunk of the meteor landed in a frozen lake, leaving a 20-foot wide hole. It's said that many people have discovered meteorite fragments and are now selling them online for a few dollars.

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Strange damage reports surface after Friday’s Russian meteor explosion

Strange damage reports surface after Friday’s Russian meteor explosion

It's strange enough that so many people were able to capture video of the meteorite that streaked over Russia on Friday exploding over populated areas causing injury and large amounts of damage. We knew as of Friday that the meteorite had exploded with enough force to knock glass windows out of many buildings in the cold Siberian portion of Russia.

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