15 February 2014, 22:32

Eight-kilogram piece of Chelyabinsk meteorite becomes hit in Olympic Sochi

Eight-kilogram piece of Chelyabinsk meteorite becomes hit in Olympic Sochi

An eight kilogram shard of the celestial body was set out in the Sochi's House of Russian Fans on Saturday, commemorating the first year after his fall. 

As the Ministry of Culture representative of the Chelyabinsk region in Sochi, Natalia Gritsai said this Saturday, the anniversary of the meteorite’s first year of terrestrial life turned the exhibition into the most popular place of interest at the Olympics.

"Fans from all around the globe come to see the meteorite fragment. People express condolences to the people of the Ural. They say that a year ago the whole world was distressed for Chelyabinsk. Visitors note that this natural phenomenon touched everybody’s feelings. Fans say that they are glad the meteorite splashed into the lake, not in the city with population over one million people," Gritsai said.

"At the same time, people are examining the shard from the celestial body with fascination. The age of this thing equals the age of our solar system, and they are astounded by this fact. We hear people talk lots of different languages at our exhibition today."

Gritsai noted that the 8 kg shard became the centerpiece of the Ural Federal District exposition.

"Our exhibition in Sochi will run until the end of the Olympics, as well as during the Paralympic Games. People are unlikely to forget this fantastic event that happened a year ago. Here in Sochi, residents of different countries will be able to touch the fragment of the celestial body, which came to us from the unseen depths of space," Gritsai said.

February 15, 2013 meteorite ‘Chelyabinsk’ about 17 meters in diameter entered the Earth's atmosphere and disintegrated into a large number of fragments, most of which fell into the territory of the Chelyabinsk region.

According to astronomers, it was the largest celestial body to fall on the Earth since the time of the Tunguska meteorite in 1908. Shockwave partially destroyed the outer glazing in more than 4 thousand residential buildings and offices.

Residents of five Russian regions - Tyumen, Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk, Kurgan and Bashkiria - could observe this meteor shower. The largest fragment of a celestial body weighing about 600 kg was later raised from the bottom of Lake Chebarkul (Chelyabinsk region).

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Voice of Russia


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