UALR Professor: Russia meteor explosion same size as Hiroshima bomb

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The world is safe from at least from one asteroid. A 150-foot cosmic rock hurtled safely past Earth Friday. It was the closest known flyby for a rock of its size, but scientists weren't expecting the meteor that exploded over Russia.

    That meteor is believed to have been about the size of a bus. The explosion blew out windows and injured more than 1,000 people in a city in the Ural mountains, mostly from flying glass.

    Scientists said there was no connection between the two, and UALR Astronomy Professor Marc Sieger said although these instances are very rare, they can pack huge force.

    "This explosion that happened in Russia was about the same size, maybe little smaller than the Hiroshima bomb in 1945, so they are fairly explosive," he explained.

    Professor Sieger said the same asteroid that flew close to earth will fly by again in 2029.

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