Each day on planet Earth can have a serene
beginning at sunrise as the sky gently grows bright
over a golden
This sunrise panorama seems to show such a moment on the
of February 15.
In the mist, a calm, mirror-like stretch of the
Miass River flows
through the foreground along a frosty landscape near Chelyabinsk, Russia.
But the long cloud wafting through the blue sky above
is the evolving persistent train of
the Chelyabinsk Meteor.
The vapor trail was left by the space rock that exploded over the city
only 18 minutes earlier, causing extensive damage
and injuring over 1,000 people.
A well-documented event,
the numerous webcam and dashcam
video captures from the region soon contributed to a
reconstruction of the meteor's trajectory and an initial
indicate the parent
belonged to the Apollo class of
Earth crossing asteroids.