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Geostationary satellite Meteosat-10.SEVIRI. The vapour trail left by the meteor that was seen near Chelyabinsk in Russia on 15th February 2013 is visible in the centre of the image.

South Ural Bolide and ...


The fireball flew on February 15, 2013 at 09:22 (03:22 UTC) in Chelyabinsk region at supersonic speed and with bright flashes of light along the trajectory of the NEE-SWW(Chelyabinsk-Miass-Satka). Acoustic wave brought some minor damages in the form of broken glasses and some damages of old buildings. Lake Chebarkul, village Kuvashi (near Zlatoust), Zvyagino village are the probable locations of pieces of the falling bolide.


Update October 16, 2013



October 16, 2013. The largest fragment of meteorite Chelyabinsk pulled from the bottom of Lake Chebarkul. Operation began early in the morning, October 16, 2013. Divers tore off a stone from an oozy bottom and on special cables by means of a tow pulled out it on a surface. The find surpassed all expectations: the meteorite appeared twice more, than expected. When a stone put on scales, they didn't sustain and broke. By approximate calculations, the weight of a space cobble-stone makes about 570 kilograms. Now it deliver to Chelyabinsk, and then will transfer to scientists for researches.


Update June 28, 2013

International scientific-practical conference "ASTEROIDS AND COMETS. CHELYABINSK EVENT AND STUDY OF THE METEORITE FALLING INTO THE LAKE CHEBARKUL". Chebarkul, June, 21-22. 2013.


On June, 21-22, 2013 the International scientific-practical conference "ASTEROIDS AND COMETS. CHELYABINSK EVENT AND STUDY OF THE METEORITE FALLING INTO THE LAKE CHEBARKUL" was taken place in Chebarkul city.

The conference theses is here.


Update March 21, 2013



On March 21, 2013 at 14:00 Sternberg Astronomical Institute (SAI MSU) held joint seminar organized INASAN, IDG, Vernadsky Institute, IKI RAS and SAI MSU for the results of meteorite Chelyabinsk study.

Reports were presented:

V.V. Emelyanenko (INASAN RAS), S.A. Naroenkov (INASAN RAS), O.P. Popova (IDG RAS).
Chelyabinsk event: the observational data and the first results of the determination of celestial body dynamic characteristics.
The entry of a space body into Earth atmosphere on February 15, 2013, led to the Chelyabinsk event has a rich observational material. The possibility of use of various data for research of the Chelyabinsk phenomenon is discussed. The review of preliminary results of definition of celestial body dynamic characteristics is given.

D.D. Badyukov (Vernadsky Institute RAS)
Meteorite Chelyabinsk: collecting substance, petrography, mineralogy and shock history.
Chelyabinsk meteorite belongs to the ordinary chondrites, which are 80% of the meteorites flux on Earth. One of its features is the minimum terrestrial contamination. According to the chemical composition, it belongs to LL with the metal content of about 1.5%. There are 2 types of material - light and dark.The light component is represented by the equilibrium chondrite of 5th petrologic type (LL5), subjected to a moderate shock metamorphism (S4) with multiple shock veins. The dark component belongs to impact melt breccias and consists of fragments of LL5, embedded in a matrix of the melt. It is chemically very similar to the light variety, although it differs in details.

O.P.Popova, V.V.Shuvalov, Yu.S.Rybnov, V.A.Harlamov (IDG RAS)
The first estimates of the physical parameters of the Chelyabinsk meteoroid.
The first estimates of Chelyabinsk meteoroid physical parameters are presented and comparison with other known events is carried out.

N.N. Chugai (INASAN RAS)
Energy of Chelyabinsk phenomenon.
The picture of the air blast caused by braking of the Chelyabinsk meteorite in the atmosphere is presented. An estimate of initial kinetic energy of a meteorite on the basis of data on distribution of a shock wave in the atmosphere and effect of a shock wave at a surface is received.


Update March 14, 2013



Russian Meteorite Committee press-conference took place at V.I. Vernadsky Institute on March 14, 2013 in Moscow. A Meteorite Committee Chairman, Vernadsky Institute director, academician Eric M. Galimov and his colleagues presented the results of a study of Chelyabinsk meteorite.

PDF Presentation © is here


Update February 28, 2013


Russian scientists of Vernadsky Institute analyse Chebarkul/Chelyabinsk Meteorite (Vesti.Ru)

Meteorite fall which produced numerous destructions in Chelyabinsk and its surroundings, is an ordinary chondrite of the type LL5 (S4, W0).

A slice (a cut) of one of meteorite samples. Here you can see round grains (chondrules) and cracks (veins) filled shock melt.
A slice (a cut) of one of meteorite samples. Here you can see round grains (chondrules) and cracks (veins) filled shock melt.

Slice of meteorite "Chelyabinsk" under the microscope. Polarized crossed light.

LL5 chondrites are 2% of falls among ordinary chondrites. The biggest LL5 meteorites are:

Knyahinya Ukraina 1866 500 kg
Paragould Arkansas, USA 1930 408 kg
Olivenza Spain 1924 150 kg


In Russia falls of such meteorites were not previously noted. We could assume that the event 15/Feb./2013 Chelyabinsk is the most grandiose falling of chondrite LL5.


Update February 21, 2013


Наша первая коллекция

Expedition of Meteorite Committee of Russian Academy of Sciences (KMET RAN) collected the first collection of a meteorite "Chelyabinsk".

На фото один из образцов.  Черное на поверхности камня – кора плавления в атмосфере.

One of samples is shawn on a photo. The black surface of stone is melting crust, produced in atmosphere.

The preliminary analysis showed that the meteorite belongs to chemical type L or LL, petrologic type 5. The meteorite is probably non-uniform.

According to Cyril Lorenz, meteorite scientist of the Laboratory of Meteoritics, further study of the samples revealed thet meteor shower samples have different compositions (chondrite, breccia, impact melt). Thus meteorite is a shock melted breccia . To establish a ratio of components is the most interesting scientific task.

The sections of meteorite "Chelyabinsk". A shock melted breccia structure.

Since the composition of the meteorite fragments seen in the structure of the surface and the fusion crust, the ratio of the different components in the composition of the meteorite can be set by the large number of photos of different finds.

The Committee on Meteorites, resolving this important scientific task, asked any meteorite finders and owners to send the high quality photoes (possible anonymously) of their meteorite samples (with ruler scale) to address or using online form


Update February 17, 2013


Moscow, Feb. 17 — RIA News. Scientists discovered in the Lake Chebarkul fragments of the meteorite, which fell on Friday morning near Chelyabinsk. Their extraterrestrial nature of the chemical studies confirmed, Victor Grokhovsky, meteorite committee member of Russian Academy of Science, Ural Federal University, told their extraterrestrial nature were confirmed by the chemical studies .

TV Rossiya 24. Feb.18, 2013. Viktor Grokhovsky,Meteorite Commettee RAS: chemical analyses confirmed that peaces around pool in the Lake Chebarkul are chondrite, stone meteorite.


Grokhovsky said "We just finished a study. We confirm that the particles of matter (53 particles), found our expedition (UrFU) in the Lake Chebarkul do have a meteorite nature. This is a stone meteorite, an ordinary chondrite. We diagnosed all common chondritic minerals: the metallic iron, olivine, and sulfite and melted crust."

The content of metal particles is more than 8%, he said. Chemical analysis was carried out in the laboratory of University Research and Education Center "Nanotech", said Grokhovsky. The specialist added that for registration of a new meteor in the international catalogue more complete chemical analysis will be made. Meteorite will be called "Chebarkul" for the international catalogue"



Update February 17, 2013

The Chelyabinsk meteorite almost brought down the plane

"At approach to Chelyabinsk, already on decrease, prepared for landing and saw a bright luminescence on the right on a board", - the commander of crew of the Bombardier CRJ-200 liner of the Tatarstan airline "Ak Bars Aero" Alexander Arhipov told NTV.

According to the second pilot, a celestial body heat scorched his face.. However he managed to notice that the bolide was divided into some fragments.

"I look, it scattered on three parts. Later I saw these huge pieces. They all flew to the side, burning", - the co-pilot Sergei Kotov said.



Update. February 16, 2013

Vice-Governor of the Chelyabinsk region Igor Murogov said Feb. 16 about the finish of searching for fragments of a meteorite that fell in the Lake Chebarkul.

Earlier it was reported that the lake Chebarkul fragments of the celestial body could be found.

Divers did not find any debris falling in the Chelyabinsk region of the meteor body at the bottom of Lake Chebarkul. This was reported in the press service of the regional emergency department. Previously it was thought that's where the meteorite fell, forming pool.

Deputy head of the region reported that researchers mistaken for a meteorite impact site hole. In fact, the area of open water formed due to other reasons, - news agency RSN reported.

Apart oz.Chebarkul, searches were conducted at the village Zvyagino and Kuvashi. According to the assessment by the Commission of the Government of the Chelyabinsk region, finds of the celestial body remains failed.

The regional authorities pledged to assist scientists who agree to come to the region to investigate the unusual event.



February 15, 2013

Morning, February 15, 2013 at Lake Chebarkul local fishermen have witnessed the fall of the celestial body.

According to them, first appeared in the sky shining point, which rapidly increased in size, and then there was an explosion in all directions flew around 7 wreckage. One fell near the opposite shore of the city, into the lake surface exploding the column of ice, water and steam. The result was a large round pool, with a diameter of about 8 meters.

According to news agency "Uralinformburo" fishermen reported the incident to the local police and emergency officers . The police investigative team went to the place.

It was organized the cordon of the possibly impact site and interviewed eyewitnesses. At the place, along with police officers ecologists and emergency officers were working.

Around open water collected small pieces of black solid resembling the fragments of rock, 0.5 - 1 cm. Items collected at the place, will be submitted for examination.

A fisherman from Chebarkul told about meteorite falling Feb. 15.2013 into the ice of the Lake Chebarkul.



Related links: - AMAZING FANTASTICAL PHOTOES OF CHEBARKUL METEOR OF MARAT AHMETVALEEV. MUST SEE!!! - 3D meteorite trace - meteorite trace - panorama mosaic of meteor trace


The most interesting photoes:


Фрагмент метеорита найденый на льду озера Чебаркуль близ полуострова Крутик

Lake Chebarkul. Meteorite on the ice. (с)Photo Denis Panteleev


озеро Чебаркуль близ полуострова Крутик


озеро Чебаркуль близ полуострова Крутик


озеро Чебаркуль близ полуострова Крутик


озеро Чебаркуль близ полуострова Крутик
озеро Чебаркуль близ полуострова Крутик

Lake Chebarkul, near Krutik peninsula (54.959, 60.322), (last image source -firstyurka). The pool, with a diameter of about 8 meters with regular round form.


Златоуст, Северо-Запад

Photo from Zlatoust city.(



Photo of SHpily-willy(C) from Satka city forum.(



Photo from Chebarkul city Zorg(C) (,801.0.html)



Photo from Miass city forum of user Monstera. ~09:23 ( 55.059892°N, 60.115015°E) above Ilmenskaya mountain to the left of the tower, in the view to the east to Orlovskaya 18a (


Chelyabinsk. Photo Dudarev / Leprosorium.

Chelyabinsk. Photo of Dudarev (c). (



Chelyabinsk. Double trace. Possibly, two pieces fly. (



Chebarkul (?). Photo @castiel_stail. Explosive moment. (


Tire cut by meteorite -

Meteorite possible pierces a hole in tire of old car in Pustozerovo (~54.926163 N, 60.413852 E) . (



The most interesting videos:

View from CCTV Camera. Probably oil-transfer station Etkul. View to the west.Flashes and falling of pieces meteorites.


FEBRUARY 19, 2013. By Ben Solomon ( a small Siberian village, residents are finding that rock fragments that rained down after Friday's meteor over Russia. Sasha Zarezina, 8, said of her find as she dug for meteorites.


TV Rossiya 24. Feb.17, 2013. 30 km south from Chelyabinsk


Chebarkul Lake. Place of falling


Uchaly ( ~ 54.313388 N, 59.406048 E ). The moment of flash and destroying into pieces.


Possibly from Kurgan side. It is Possible the moment of meeting with the plane Ak-Bars Avia Bombardier CRJ-200. Nice image of meteorite fragmentation during flight before flashing


Chelyabinsk (55.149944 N,61.363964 E ). Two moments fixed: the supersonic flight and the acoustic wave shock.



Chelyabinsk. The cross of Beyvelya and Prof. Blagikh streets (55.22107 N, 61.2956 E).. Video Andrey Borisovich Korolev (c).


View from Ekaterinburg city (56.78 N, 60.68E)


Miass. School No. 18. 09:20:29. The camera view to the north.(55.136221 N, 60.154820 E)


Miass(55.09467,60.13012). KPD. 2-nd minute after flash. Camera view to SE


Korkino (54.890703N,61.398983E)



Other video and photoes from different places:

~ 55.442457 N, 65.241422 EKurganTo north from the axes
~ 55.103070 N, 61.628107 EKopeyskNortherly
55.103070 N, 61.628107 E Etkul The axes.The trace between 2 towers. Meteor azimuth 102.9 . Explosives.
~ 54.910476 N, 61.454419 E Town Roza Near axis,notherly.Several explosives. Northerly. (coarse words)
54.903497 N, 61.358948 EKorkino, Culinary PTT(coarse words) south axis
~ 54.903497 N, 61.358948 EKorkinoaxis, the axis of the north
~ 54.890703N,61.398983EKorkinoThe axis
54.755437 N, 61.315433 EEmanzhelinskThe axis
~ 54.759582 N, 61.341947 EEmanzhelinsk 
~ 54.759582 N, 61.341947 EEmanzhelinsk 
~ 54.449374 N, 61.258205 EYuzhnouralsk(coarse words)
~ 54.449374 N, 61.258205 EYuzhnouralsk(coarse words)
~ 54.449374 N, 61.258205 EYuzhnouralsk(coarse words)
~ 54.449374 N, 61.258205 EYuzhnouralsk 
~ 55.041975 N, 61.247560 Eoz.Smolino, resort Berezovka 
~ 55.020878 N, 61.237527 EHighway M-5, about 20 km to Chelyabinskflash explosions
~ 54.864295 N, 61.168193 EPervomaysky(coarse words)explosions
~ 55.031197 N, 61.117830 EPoletaevo 
~ 54.925262 N, 60.756182 ETimiryazevskiyThe Axis
54.905415 N,60.553866 ETravnikiThe Axis
~ 54.977837 N, 60.361762 EChebarkulNorthern Axis
~ 54.977837 N, 60.361762 EChebarkulNorthern Axis
54.968080 N, 60.334722 EChebarkul(coarse words)other places
55.094579 N, 60.130116 EMiass, plant efficiencyNorth. 2nd minute after the explosion. The camera looks at the East
~ 54.376729 N, 60.000075 EUyskoe 
~ 54.376729 N, 60.000075 EUyskoe
~ 54.982012 N, 59.865887 EM5 highway, an area with. Atlyanflash, almost on the axis
~ 54.313388 N, 59.406048 EUchaly 
~ 54.313388 N, 59.406048 EUchaly 
~ 55.160425 N, 59.142421 EBerdyaush(coarse words)
~ 55.037177 N, 58.990467 ESatkawest, north of the
~ 55.047625 N, 58.940957 EPos. Teplyi, Satkawest, north axis
~ 54.508842 N, 61.264906 EKichigina 
~ 54.840666 N, 61.127236 EDeputatskoye villagemeteorites
~ 55.059892 N, 60.115015 EMiass, Orel 16a 
~ 55.18025 N, 59.640366 EZlatoustphoto
~ 54.926163 N, 60.413852 EPustozerovameteorite
~ 54.968080 N, 60.334722 ELake Chebarkulpool, meteorite
~ 54.809622 N, 61.186520 E Bereznyaki meteorites


The reconstruction of the meteor flyby trace:

Sergey Pletnev's ( trajectory calculations -A preliminary reconstruction of the orbit of colombian astronomers and -space images of meteor - the calculation of NASA scientists (источник - interactive map of user Ssvilponis


The reconstruction of the meteor flyby. Meteosat-9 image. M9HRV Feb. 15, 2013. 03:15:00 UTC ( Here is the video.
A satellite image of the Chebarkul meteor crossing Russia provided by CSU researchers at CIRA (

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