When a meteorite exploded over the Russian town of Chelyabinsk, the wave of pressure shattered windows and turned some buildings to rubble. Now it's one day on and the town's clean-up operation is underway.
A meteor shower has rained down on central Russia, reportedly injuring hundreds of people and causing widespread damage. Witnesses in the Ural region reported flashes and sharp explosions in the morning sky.
The UN released proposals for a response to the threat of objects from space impacting the Earth. DW looks at the implications of last week's meteorite explosion and what the UN could do for the space industry.
Two comets and two asteroids will pass close to the Earth in 2013. Stargazers can also look forward to solar eclipses in Australasia and Central Africa, as well as the launch of Europe's magnetic field mission, Swarm.
Astronomers say an asteroid has whizzed safely past Earth over the Indian Ocean, as injured Russians recovered from a separate meteor's sonic boom over the Ural mountains. Scientists said the two events were unrelated.
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