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NASA interrupted its fiery meteor hearth over the Bering Sea



NASA's Terra satellite has seen the fireball on December 18, 2018.


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A large meteor exploded over the Bering Sea on December 18, releasing about 173 kilotonnes of energy, and almost no one noticed due to its remote location. On Friday, NASA shared images captured by Earth Observing Satellite Terra showing the view of the huge fireball in action.

The image shows the meteor trail above the sea. It looks like a dark spot on the clouds.

NASA also released GIF. "The orange-colored cloud, which the fireball, left by the overheating of the air through which it passes, can be seen from the bottom and right of the center of the GIF," NASA says.

Space Agency says the fireball has released more than 10 times the energy of the atomic bomb from Hiroshima War II. It is less powerful than the devastating fireball that affected Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013 but is still the second-largest meteor explosion in the last few decades.

The struggle of the Bering Sea was far enough away from civilization, not to affect people, but it is a sobering reminder of the power of the incoming cosmic rocks.

This is why NASA is working on ways to protect our planet from dirty asteroids that could potentially be much more dangerous than the latest meteors


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