Meteor explosion on the Bering Sea
On December 18, 2018, a meteor with a diameter of about 10 meters entered the atmosphere and exploded with energy close to about 10 atomic bombs! According to NASA, this explosion was the second largest since the organization began to track meteors 30 years ago. Only the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russia in February 2013 was bigger.
By Alex Alishevskikh link [CC BY-SA 2.0 license]
By NASA, the meteor weighed about 1500 tons, had a diameter of about 10 meters and traveled in the atmosphere at a speed of about 115,000 kilometers per hour. The explosion occurred about 25 km above the ocean and released energy equivalent to 173 kilotons of TNT, which is about 10 times the energy of the atomic bomb, which the United States detonated over Hiroshima during World War II. It's scary to think that we can't detect such bodies earlier.
By Nikita Plekhanov link [CC BY-SA 3.0 license]
Greetings to lovers of Astronomy!