No, they’re not related events, although some dispute that assumption. Most scientists think it’s just a huge coincidence that as the world was looking skyward for today’s passing of an asteroid at a mere 17,000 miles from earth, when a meteorite estimated at 40 tons exploded in the skies over Siberia at 9:25am their time, shattering windows for miles and
making a crater 20 feet across. In this age of dashboard and surveillance video equipment, there are lots of images of the meteorite streaking across the daylight sky. Nature calls it the largest event of its kind in a century.
Meanwhile, the asteroid known as 2012 DA14, is scheduled to pass the earth shortly, at about 2:25pm EST. You can follow NASA coverage here we’ll post an update with more links on both events later today.
CORRECTION: The above text about the crater has been struck through because initial reports were incorrect – the meteorite exploded 20-30 miles above the earth’s surface and sent pieces of flying through the air, but no crater was created.
UPDATE: At 2:24EST, 2012 DA14 whizzed by harmlessly, and was 17,200 miles away at its closest point, over Indonesia.