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Scientists Figure Out Russia Meteor's Origin

Scientists Figure Out Russia Meteor's Origin

(NEWSER– Turns out there is a cool use for trigonometry: Scientists in Colombia have been able to calculate the trajectory of the meteor that injured 1,000 in Russia this month using data gleaned from local camera footage and a lake landing spot. Once they had determined the meteor's path through the atmosphere, they were then able to trace its orbit around the sun, the BBC reports.

They then plugged that data into astronomy software, which showed that the meteor was part of the so-called Apollo asteroid group, which have Earth-crossing orbits. Such an orbit indicates the meteor "most likely" originated in "the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter," says a researcher unrelated to the study.

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