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'Russian Meteor Explosion' special to air on Science Channel

February 15, 2013|By Patrick Kevin Day
(Associated Press )

It's not every day that a nearly 11-ton meteor explodes in spectacular fashion over the Earth less than 24 hours before a 130-ton asteroid passes closer than communications satellites.

The men and women of the Science Channel live for days like this, so it's no surprise that the cable outfit jumped on the events. What is surprising is how fast they were able to scramble. "Russian Meteor Explosion" premieres on the channel Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET.

They may not have had time to come up with a more clever title (“Watch What Hit Us Live!”), but they did put together a panel of scientists, physicists, astronomers and expert minds from around the globe to look at what happened in the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Friday morning.The scientists will discuss what happened, what didn't happen and what could have happened.

After all, Asteroid 2012 DA14 isn't the only hunk of rock floating around out there.

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