Largest Fireball Since Chelyabinsk Meteor Falls Over the Atlantic… But No One Notices
By Amber William
On Feb. 6, 2016, around 14:00 UTC, a tiny chunk of interplanetary material plunged into Earth’s atmosphere and burned up — likely exploding — about 30 kilometers above the Atlantic Ocean. The energy released was equivalent to the detonation of 13,000 tons of TNT.
Via : news.discovery.com
This is the trail of Chelyabinsk asteroid which exploded about 14 miles above ground with a force nearly 30 times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb in 2013.
This didn’t happen over a populated region and, as far as I can tell, there have been no eyewitness reports from mariners or pilots who happened to be in the area at the time. Though this is certainly an important and scientifically interesting event, the impact on the lifeforms of Earth (barring a few unlucky fish 600 miles off the coast of Brazil) was minimal. But the fact that NASA “failed” to tell the world about the impact has gotten some news outlets excited.
“Space agency fails to warn the world about massive blast, even though it’s the largest atmospheric explosion since the Chelyabinsk meteor,” writes Mirror.co.uk.
But possibly the best headline comes from another UK news outlet, The Express: “FRONT-room-sized meteor came out of nowhere and exploded with force of Hiroshima bomb.” Because your front room (British to US translation: living room) is now a universal standard of meteoroid measurement.
Just this past week alone, we've seen two in two varied locations — not to mention more announcement of "asteroids" coming close to "orbit." Another one supposedly upcoming in a few weeks: on March 6, 2016.
Couple that with the "cities in the sky" seen in China, Nigeria, and other various parts of the world, and you KNOW there's obviously trouble brewing in the works…
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