Today Google placed a animated doodle on several homepages of the search engine because of the Asteroid 2012 DA14 that will pass Earth in less than one hour (19:25 UTC). 2012 DA14 is a near-Earth asteroid with an estimated diameter of 50 meters that was discovered on February 23, 2012. Luckily we have nothing to fear tonight because the asteroid will pass at 27,700 km from Earth. In the animated version from Google the second letter ‘G’ is suddenly jumping aside because of the falling Asteroid 2012 DA14.
But were we have nothing to fear tonight people in Chelyabinsk in Russia this morning were not so lucky. They were surprised by a meteorite which caused a big explosion. More than thousand people were injured by flying glass because of the explosion. After putting the doodle live Google pulled the logo a few hours later, I can not say for certain yet but probably this is because of the Russian Meteor.
Google responded to ABC News (via Search Engine Land) with the following statement:
“Out of respect for those injured in the extraordinary meteor shower in Russia earlier today, we have removed today’s doodle from the Google homepage,” a Google spokesperson told ABC News. “The doodle was created to mark Asteroid 2012 DA14 passing Earth.”
You can see the animated logo below in the video.