Satellite Imagery of Russian Meteor

February 15, 2013 | Mark Hobson

Click image to enlarge. Note the east-west trail just to the east of Chelyabinsk.

A meteor entered the Earth’s atmosphere over the Ural Mountains today at approximately 0320 UTC. The visible image from just after sunrise, above, from FY-2D (a geostationary meteorological satellite operated by China Meteorological Administration) shows an east-west plume, likely from the meteorite, extending east-west near Chelyabinsk.

The CIMSS Satellite Blog will be posting more satellite images as they become available.

Meteosat-9 also captured the event (link).