In the wake of the meteorite explosion over Russia on Friday, work on a meteor tracking system is under way. Dr. John Tonry, a professor at the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy, is developing what he calls an Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System. Tonry’s ATLAS project has recently received funding from NASA and will be developed to precisely detect when and where a meteorite would hit. The massive space rock that streaked across the Russian sky was estimated to be about 10 tons and 49 feet wide and entered the Earth's atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 33,000 mph before breaking into pieces about 18-32 miles above the ground, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement on Friday. (Image Credit: NASA)
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