According to information published by NASA, a meteorite exploded about 20 kilometers above the ground. It is considered to be the second largest to have fallen to earth in the last 30 years.
The impact occurred on December 18. I enter the atmosphere at a speed of 32 kilometers per second and release an energy of 173 kilotons. This explosion would have been 10 times greater than the Hiroshima bomb. This fireball fell into the Bering Sea, being a totally unpopulated area practically unnoticed step. But it was detected by U.S. Armed Forces military satellites.
Every year thousands of small meteorites or rocks arrive in our atmosphere. But most of the time they are so small in size that they disintegrate when they come into contact with it. Only a few remains manage to pierce it and fall to earth in the form of small rocks.
But sometimes these meteorites are big enough not to go unnoticed. In 2019, one of these meteorites fell in Russia, in the Chelyabinsk region. Its impact released an energy superior to 30 times the atomic bomb of Hiroshima. Causing a shock wave of such magnitude that it caused between 1,000 and 1,500 wounded.
What are the meteorites that have fallen to earth?
Let’s make a reunion of the meteorites that have fallen to the ground and the effects that they have caused according to the place and the time.
- We started with the Hoba Meteorite, this was discovered in 1920. But according to research it fell thousands of years ago. It falls exactly in the city of Namibia in Africa and was made of metallic material.
- Argentina was also the setting for this unusual event. When the El Chaco Meteorite fell, an asteroid weighed between 840,000 kilos.
- Willamette Meteorite was discovered in Oregon in 1902. It is said to have crashed into the earth a million years ago.
- Tunguska Meteorite, which was found in Russia, expelled an energy 300 times greater than the atomic bomb, thus ending up with more than 80 thousand trees.
These and other apparitions were evaluated by NASA expert personnel, these asteroids made up of stones and metals are exhibited in each of these cities in the form of sculpture, so that people can learn more about these phenomena of the solar system.
What are meteorites?
Meteorites are considered asteroids that are formed from the accumulation of debris in the Solar System and are usually in orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They are irregular in shape and are composed of rocks, clays and metals.
What is NASA?
NASA is an agency of the government of the United States of America, its initials are defined in
National Administration of Aeronautics and Space, it was created in
1957 with the objective of supervising all the space exploration and the solar system through special waves.