This asteroid is the second largest extraterrestrial object that fell on our planet over the past 30 years, after the Chelyabinsk meteorite, that “visited” the Earth in 2013th year.
Some colour views of the #meteor that flew over the North Pacific in December 2018, taken by Japan's #Himawari satellite.
The meteor is really clear here – bright orange fireball against the blue + white background!
— Simon Proud (@simon_sat) March 18, 2019
According to NASA, the incident occurred on December 18, 2018, near the Kamchatka Peninsula. Since the explosion occurred far from civilization, namely over the Bering Sea, this event did not attract much attention in the media. Although it is worth noting that it was quite powerful, the explosion released 10 times more energy than was released during the nuclear bombardment of Hiroshima (173 kilotons).
December 18, 2018, at about 12:00 local time, a meteorite burst into the atmosphere of our planet at a 7-degree angle at a speed of about 32 kilometers per second. The diameter of the cosmic body, which exploded at an altitude of 25.6 kilometers above the earth, was only a few meters. It is not small for a meteorite since space objects of similar magnitude hit our planet no more than 2-3 times per century. If an asteroid of this size fell to the surface of the Earth, this would have irreversible consequences for the whole region.
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