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Two important science news. Two systems. Is about time to go metric as default.
Reports from the Russian region of the Ural Mountains suggest that a meteor may have exploded 10,000 meters above the ground this morning. YouTube videos show loud blasts and bright objects falling from the sky, and an emergency official told Reuters that "It was definitely not a plane. We are gathering the bits of information and have no data on the casualties so far." The incident occurred in Chelyabinsk, about 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow.
Later today, a large asteroid known as 2012 DA14 will pass within about 17,200 miles of the Earth, marking the closest pass ever observed for an object its size. Measuring about 164 feet in diameter, the asteroid is expected to approach the Earth at around 2 PM ET today, before reaching its peak brightness at 2:24 PM.