NASA Satellite Images Reveal The 2nd Most Powerful Meteor Explosion
The recent satellite images showcase a super- massive meteor explosion. This is being considered the second most explosive meteor of the 21st century. On December 18, 2018 a big rock was seen flying over 16 miles. It generated 173 kilo tons of energy. It was seen flying above the snow cold water of the Bering Sea. This energy amount is considered to be 10- times more than that of the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima by United States during the Second World War. This comment has been made by the NASA scientists.
This meteor explosion is only behind the airburst which took place in the month of February of 2013. This meteor explosion took place over Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia. This 2013-meteor created a shockwave. This led to injury of approximately 1200 people. They were mostly injured by cuts and bruises caused by glass pieces from broken windows. A big difference between the Russian event and the Bering Sea event is the previous one was recorded and seen but the later was not documented.
This is mainly because Bering Sea is located at the middle of eastern Russia and Alaska. Only few people observing the sky watched huge blasts of posterity. One such observant is the Terra satellite. This instrument is mainly engaged in observing the earth. The observation was made through couple of tools, namely, Multi- angle Imaging Spectro Radiometer (MISR) and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro Radiometer (MODIS). The captured images were converted into animated GIF. This was released by NASA on March 22, 2019. The original picture shows the fireball and the smoke of the meteor. These are prominent amidst the thick and white clouds. The NASA officials have defined a meteor as a fireball which shines as brightly as Venus in the sky.