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South Plains astronomer explains Russian meteor strike

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Here in Lubbock and around the world people are still in awe of the meteorite that hit Russia on Friday.

Officials say almost a thousand people were injured when the rock exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains.

It was a sight caught on many dash-cam and personal video devices.

Scientists estimate it weighed 11 tons and entered the Earth's atmosphere at a speed of at least 33,000 miles per hour.

Tom Heisey is president of the South Plains Astronomy Club. He says events like this are very hard to predict.

"This is one of these statistical things where you don't expect to have one, but every hundred years or whatever it is. You could have one next week. The statistics average out that it will only happen every so often. You just never know when it will happen," Heisey said.

Astronomers say this meteorite has no relation to the large asteroid that passed by Earth on Friday afternoon.

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