METEOR THAT HIT RUSSIA MAY HAVE HAD CLOSE SHAVE WITH SUN

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PARIS: The meteor that injured over 1,500 people when it exploded and showered debris over Russia in February may have had a close shave with the Sun earlier, researchers said Tuesday. A study of its composition showed the space rock had undergone “intensive melting” before entering Earth’s atmosphere and streaking over the central Russia’s Chelyabinsk region in a blinding fireball, they said in a statement. This “almost certainly” points to a near-miss with the Sun, or a collision with another body in the solar system—possibly a planet or asteroid, said study co-author Victor Sharygin from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Geology and Mineralogy.

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