Dwarf planet Ceres is seen in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, where it resides well away from Earth. NASA is hoping to quell online rumors that a massive near-Earth asteroid is due to hit us next month. NASA/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A handout picture provided by Nicaraguan Army on Monday shows the place where what was first reported as a meteorite fell close to International Airport Augusto Sandino, in Managua, Nicaragua. Nicaraguan Army/ Handout/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Your direct connection with the stars and all of the space in between them. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Another meteor shower, the Geminid, sparkled over the Spanish canary island of Tenerife on Dec. 13, 2012. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Researchers who studied pieces of the meteor collected near Lake Cherbarkul say it was a common chondrite meteor. The largest of the 53 fragments was one centimeter in diameter. Photo provided by the Urals Federal University Press Service. Alexander Khlopotov/AP hide caption

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A meteor's vapor trail above the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Friday. Vyacheslav Nikulin /EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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