Mar 20, 2019 07:56 AM EDT
NASA -- While everyone was seemingly enjoying their holiday celebrations in December of 2019, a giant fireball caught fire and exploded above the earth's surface. It has given off as much as ten times the atomic bomb that was detonated over the Hiroshima. People think that it is barely at the surface of the Earth. It shouldn't be a big deal.
NASA astronauts refer to it as the "fireball." This one is exceptionally different for it is brighter than the other meteors in space. It is spectacular enough to be seen in over a wide area from Earth.
It comes with an impact energy of about 173 kilotons. This meteor that entered and exploded in the Earth's atmosphere is the second most powerful of its kind in the last 30 years. People can barely remember the first one, but it is was a rather strong meteor that hit the grounds of Russia in 2013.
It may sound a bit catastrophic, but images shared on social media and the news about that fireball in Russia in December, but its effects are quite poetic in a scale. The other worldly forces appear as simple red things above the clouds. Though there is no threat to the safety of life on Earth, scientists are looking at all possible side effects of the meteor explosion and how much it is going to affect human life.
Very little to no people knew about the meteor explosion. Even scientists just found out about it because in the part of the world, particularly in the Bering Sea, where it exploded es extremely far from communities. The area is too remote that nobody really noticed what happened.
Lindley Johnson, the planetary Defense Officer of NASA told BBC that powerful meteor events as such only happens a few times within a span of 100 years. A lot of people who knew about it felt worried that those flaming extraterrestrial objects are floating in the Earth's atmosphere. Scientists continue to look into the meteor and all the effects that it comes with to ensure that it does not reach an alarming reality.
NASA is keeping track of all the "fireball" and bolides that reach the Earth. In 2019, there have been five notable fireball events. They are reassuring the public that there is nothing to worry about because they are all so tiny. They are hoping that nothing big like the one that swiped all the dinosaurs away will be coming soon.
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