1. Boom!

    Russian Meteor Injures 1,200

    In this frame grab made from dashboard camera video, a meteor streaks through the sky over Chelyabinsk, about 1500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, the meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky Friday and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million. (AP Photo/AP Video)

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    Fans of outer space had a field day on Friday when a 10-ton meteor exploded over Siberia on the same day an asteroid passed perilously close to Earth. The meteor blew out windows throughout the area, and although 1,200 were reported injured—including 200 children—there were apparently no deaths. Although meteors exploding 20 or 30 miles above Earth is not unusual, the fact that this one still sent debris (about 5 percent of its mass) hurtling downward is surprising. Scientists chalk that occurrence up to the meteor possibly having been made of iron. But it was the sonic boom on the meteor's entry that shattered windows and dishes for miles. That's some powerful noise.

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