Earlier this month, a huge explosion in the Earth’s atmosphere was experienced as a massive meteor with the power comparable to a nuclear bomb crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil.
90 tonnes of cosmic debris would bombard the Earth every day. The array of asteroids, comets and debris of destroyed satellites would come falling towards the earth like astray missiles.
In February 2013, Chelyabinsk, Russia became the landing area of a cosmic explosion. As it lit fire to the atmosphere, a horror formed to the apocalyptic imaginations of the masses. However since the 2013 fireball that exploded that injured over 1, 600 people, it was said that the new atmospheric explosion that happened on the sixth of February was the most powerful to be recorded.
As it battered our atmosphere, the unseen asteroid explosion was just 30 km above the Atlantic Ocean. Even the NASA’s Near-Earth Object team failed to detect the fireball. NASA was only then informed when the US military sent reports of the incident. However, some more details about the atmospheric explosion remained secrete among officials.
While so, others investigated that the explosion could be an attack from space invaders. Could the fireball really be a missile strike? Officials from the US military noted that the countervailing considerations of documenting human scientific record as a subsidiary to their imperative for intergalactic domination.
NASA also reported that the space rock was seven meter and reportedly released 13, 000 tons of TNT which is the same as the energy used in the first atomic weapon that razed Hiroshima in 1945.
Measuring 18 meters across, the fireball speeded through the Earth’s atmosphere at 41, 600 mph. fortunately, most of its debris fell into water and none was reportedly injured by the incident.
Fortunately, the explosion did not happen in populated areas. If it ever did, it would have rattled and terrified a lot of people. While no one reported to have seen the atmospheric explosion, the military must have picked up the incident though their monitors.
Outside the Earth’s atmosphere are more than 12, 000 more near-earth objects to which more than a thousand were identified as hazardous. However, Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s near-earth object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena said that there is no existing evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial object is on a trajectory that will impact our planet.
While admitting that an asteroid called 2013 TX68 could get very close to the surface, the space agency noted that it poses no threat to Earth and there is a very slim chance that it could happen.