Chelyabinsk Meteorite Turned to Be Smaller Due to Water

17.02.2015

The mass of the meteorite exploded over Chelyabinsk Region on February 15, 2013, was slightly less than it has been previously thought. Regular weighing of the meteorite is being carried out by employees of the Chelyabinsk regional museum, which houses the largest piece of the celestial body, which excited the minds of Russians so much. Last weighing carried out a week ago - on 9 February. On a piece of melted metal scales weighing half a ton placed three times - in order to avoid inaccuracies in the measurement.

Chelyabinsk Meteorite Turned to Be Smaller Due to Water

As a result, the current mass of the meteorite on the second anniversary of its staying on Earth is 503.3 kilograms. And what will happen in the future is unknown: experts say that the mass of a celestial body can fall as well as rise. After all, inside it there's a lot of empty space filled with water, so it is difficult to predict how it will behave further.