A massive meteor exploded in the sky yet the incident went unnoticed. The explosion could be seen clearly and it was a frightening event.
The largest meteor event since the Russian one, that took place three years ago and cracked glass and injured many people, occurred two weeks ago. Yet the strange thing is that no one took much notice if it.
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NASA did take notice though and has prepared a report on the matter. The fireball of sorts hit the earth off the coast of Brazil on February 6th.
It was probably five to seven meters in diameter. That is about the size of a large room. This easily makes it the largest to ever hit the earth since the Chelyabinsk incident.
The Chelyabinsk meteor shattered glass and wounded a thousand people when it took place. The main reason why this current event went without anyone batting an eyelid was that it took place over the sea with no one to observe it.
The fact of the matter is that had it occurred over a populated area, it would still not have done much harm other than shaken a few window panes.
It would have made a great object of interest for a few selfies and pics to send home from vacation. The meteor disintegrated in the air. The noise and signals from the meteor explosion were picked up by a NASA astronomer.
Later on they were analyzed by other astronomers. The energy released equaled 13,000 tons of TNT. TNT is dynamite as everyone knows.
Compare that to the Chelyabinsk explosion which was equivalent to 500,000 tons of TNT and you get a pretty good idea of how this time around the locale has been saved from destruction.
According to NASA, some 30 odd rocks from space hit the earth’s atmosphere on an annual basis. They burn up before they have had a chance to hit the ground or sea.
A large percentage of these remain unnoticed by the majority of human beings going about their business. The chances of a second hit like Chelyabinsk is close to nil.
Such incidents occur very rarely if at all. Besides, NASA is always vigilant regarding any threats to human beings from NEOs (Near Earth Objects).
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The fact that we have a tough atmosphere means that most of the asteroids burn up from friction with the environment when they enter the planet’s outer layer.