What the Heck Exploded Over Russia Two Weeks Ago? 03:45

It was the explosion seen 'round the world. A meteor exploded over Russia, injuring 571 people and sending 34 to the hospital. But what caused this phenomenon to happen? NASA has spent the past two weeks making progress in understanding the origin and make-up of the unexpected space rock, and they shared their findings in this week's ScienceCast. 

You May Also Like

Mexico’s Popocatépetl Volcano Explodes, Hurling Burning Ash Over a Mile High

Popocatépetl, an active volcano in central Mexico, experienced an explosion on Monday that sent a dark grey plume into the atmosphere above the volcano. Experts believe the giant plume of smoke reached a few kilometers tall by the end of the video.The explosion was captured on webcam footage by webcamsdemexicoWired explains the explosion as popping the top off a shaken bottle of soda, "the dissolved bubbles come out of solution rapidly as the pressure is released and you get an explosion of soda."  View Now

Geyser Explodes Under Bus With Passengers Trapped Inside

A horrifying scene in Krasnoyarsk, Russia was recently caught on camera. A boiling geyser erupted, which caused steaming water to flow into a bus, after the vehicle hit a pipe that initiated the burst. The driver of the bus was immediately burned by the steaming water and rushed out of the vehicle without opening any other doors, so the passengers were trapped inside. The passengers were eventually able to get out of the bus, but 11 people were injured. Seven passengers were hospitalized and two women are currently in serious condition. View Now

Another Meteor Explodes Over Russia

Similar to the meteor explosion seen over Russia last year, another object went streaking through the night sky in Murmansk around 2:00 a.m., although it does not seem to have shaken things up nearly as much as last time. It has not been officially confirmed as a meteorite, however, and some say it may have been space debris reentering the Earth's atmosphere. View Now

Newest

RTM Favorites

Been Invited to Watch 'Netflix and Chill?' This Is What It Means

Apparently a term has forced it's way into our modern vernacular and it's rather telling of the times. If anyone asks you to watch "Netflix and chill," there may not be any movie-watching whatsoever. Buzzfeed asked some of their trusty employees for their input and this is what they had to say. Use the term at your discretion.  View Now

Because Everyone Wants a Tour of Toilets From Around the World

Cut Video sent one of their producers on a very important assignment. He must shoot footage of public restrooms around the globe from Japan to Dubai and India to Bangkok. Yea, it's a little gross - particularly when you see said producer using the porcelain throne. Lucky for us, it's only No. 1. Now watch at your discretion.  View Now

Funny

Been Invited to Watch 'Netflix and Chill?' This Is What It Means

Apparently a term has forced it's way into our modern vernacular and it's rather telling of the times. If anyone asks you to watch "Netflix and chill," there may not be any movie-watching whatsoever. Buzzfeed asked some of their trusty employees for their input and this is what they had to say. Use the term at your discretion.  View Now

Animals

Out of the Box Animal Rescues

First, this rescue repeller was attempted to save this black cat who was stuck on a ledge of a high-rise building. Suddenly, you can hear a woman shrieking because the cat falls and rescuers on the sidewalk attempt to catch it but miss. Luckily, this cute cat was okay. Second, this dog got itself stuck in a very strange place, a car bumper. The car actually got into an accident and at that point the dog became lodged inside of the bumper. Two men were able to free the canine from the car.  View Now

Dog Howls for Owner, Bird and Dog Fight

Fawn Welch is a fan of RightThisMinute and she sent in this cute video of her Doberman Pinscher dog howling in her bed and making funny faces. Then this bird and this dog just can't seem to get along. Their owner is asking the bird to stop spitting and fighting with the dog. The bird even shouts a few expletives at the dog.  View Now

Curious Black Bears Get a Too Close for Comfort With Hiker

Animals are a majestic, beautiful sight to see in the wild - at a distance. So when a couple of wild black bears decided to get up close and personal with a nearby hiker, things got a little scary for her. The interaction didn't go beyond mild curiosity, but a wild bear getting petting (or in its case, mauling) distance would be enough to get anyone's heart racing. View Now