This 3D interactive program that shows the orbit of the meteor which appeared over Chelyabinsk, Russia on February 15, 2013, and the orbit of Asteroid 2012 DA14 which flew very close to the Earth on the same day. Asteroid 2012 DA14’s orbit is shown in blue and the meteor’s orbit in red.
For best viewing, select Earth as the Center object, change the time increment to 1 Hour,
and zoom in.
Then step through the animation, hitting the
You can use the two sliders underneath and to the right
of the image to adjust your viewing angle.
Custom Orbit Viewer applet provided by Ron Baalke (JPL).
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