A meteor that exploded over central Europe in 2002 had almost the identical orbit as a meteorite that fell to Earth in 1959. Despite this, the two meteorites were not similar in composition, so they didn’t have the same origin. Does this mean that there’s some kind of orbit close to the Earth that attracts space rocks?

Researchers say, “This paired meteorite fall is probably not a coincidence,” but don’t know why the two meteorites were in the same orbit. They were also different ages: The 2002 meteorite had been in space for 48 million years but the 1959 object was around for only 12 million years before falling to Earth.

No matter what falls out of the sky, remember: There’s no such thing as doomsday?reassuring advice for troubled times.

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