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At a pink limestone quarry in Sweden, finding meteorite is no big deal — workers have found 101 of them in the past 20 years. But a new space rock discovery has scientists scratching their heads. The meteorite is of a class that's never before been seen, and it may hold a key to the explosion of life on Earth nearly 500 million years ago.

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Here is the definitive video from NASA about what happened over Russia earlier this month. It's interesting because though we had pegged the asteroid 2012 DA14 to pass us by, we never saw the Russian meteorite coming because telescopes couldn't see it since it flew from the direction of the sun. So what happened?

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As we get to know more and more about how powerful the meteorite that exploded over Russia really was, something still gets lost in translation. This video makes it abundantly clear how strong the blast was. The footage is collected from different locations throughout the Chelyabinsk city and shows how it really felt on the ground. The boom is pretty freaking scary.

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The other day we dealt with an asteroid and a meteor. The 2012 DA14 asteroid zipped passed Earth today and a meteor exploded over in Russia. What the heck is the difference between an asteroid and a meteor? And a meteorite? And a meteoroid? Not too much, apparently!

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This 14-year-old boy is Gerrit Blank, and he is probably smiling because he survived a 30,000 mph meteorite hit. His tale—confirmed by scientists at Germany's Walter Hohmann Observatory—seems like the genesis of a superhero.