Weather satellites used to track Russian meteor's trajectory

10/23/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The trajectory of the massive meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February has been tracked using weather satellites. "The satellite imagery captures the debris trail left in the wake of the object's traverse, and we can use details of the trail's location to infer trajectory of travel through the atmosphere," scientists studying the meteor wrote in a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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