NASA snapped that monster meteor fireball over the Bering Sea
26 March, 2019, 17:06
"The Dec. 18 fireball was the most powerful meteor to be observed since 2013; however, given its altitude and the remote area over which it occurred, the object posed no threat to anyone on the ground", NASA writes on its website.
NASA has released satellite images of a meteor which appeared over the Bering Sea on December 18 but went unnoticed until a few months. On Friday, NASA shared images captured by its Earth-watching Terra satellite showing a view of the massive fireball in action. The space agency then used those snaps to create a GIF.
A still image was taken at 2350 GMT, while 5 of the of 9 cameras on the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument took another sequence of photos at 2355, which NASA collated into a GIF that shows the orange trail. The satellite is managed out of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Like this story? Share it with a friend! It looks like a dark smudge across the clouds. It was referred to as a fireball because it had an exceptionally bright meteor. The space agency watches for near-Earth objects in the range of 460 feet (140 m) across and larger, which would wipe out an entire US state. A scientist with NASA, near-Earth object observation program manager Kelly Fast, publicized the explosion last week in a presentation at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas.
Moments before the meteor crashes into the sea. IMAGE NASA
The meteor that exploded over the Bering Sea on December 18, 2018, was 32 feet (10 meters) in diameter and weighed 1,500 tons (1,360 metric tons). The space rock entered the Earth's atmosphere without being detected by most of the scientific devices.
The other instrument, the Moderate Resolution Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MODIS), captured the true-color still image of the remnants of the meteor's passage, and it can be seen as a shadow against the white clouds.
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