Russia Meteor Had Steamy Past

Scientists suspect it had near-miss with sun
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2013 1:39 AM CDT
Russia Meteor Had Steamy Past
In this frame grab from dashboard camera video, a meteor streaks through the sky over Chelyabinsk, Russia.   (AP Photo/AP Video)

The colossal meteor that exploded over Russia earlier this year had been with other celestial bodies before, scientists say. Analysis of fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteor—the biggest to hit Earth in more than a century—have revealed signs of melting that researchers believed was caused by either a collision with something else in the solar system or a near-miss with the sun, reports. The explosion left fragments of the meteor scattered over a large area of central Russia, and scientists hope to learn more of its secrets when they recover the biggest piece from the bottom of a lake. (More sun stories.)

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