top news

February 15th, 2018: 5th Anniversary of the Explosion of the Chelyabinsk Meteor

On February 15, 2013, a 20 m sized small asteroid exploded 25 km above ground near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, where it caused injuries to ca. 1500 people and caused lots of damage. (Video)




This explosion, with 30 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, serves as a warning that such events can happen any time; the UN-recognized International Asteroid Day on June 30 seeks to inform the public world-wide (also at the NHM Vienna) about this particular natural hazard. Remnants of the Chelyabinsk meteorite are shown in the world-famous meteorite display in hall 5 of Vienna's natural history Museum.