NASA on Friday published satellite photos of a powerful meteor which appeared just above the Bering Sea on December 18 but went unnoticed until 3 months. The Bering Sea is a marginal sea of the Pacific Ocean.
It covers over 2,000,000 square kilometers has borders with Alaska and Russian Far Eas.
The explosion unleashed around 173 kilotonnes of energy. As it is 10 times stronger than that of the atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima in World War II. Also, It is the second-largest meteor explosion of the last few decades.
Terra satellite captured images of the residue of the large meteor. The image sequence shows views from five of nine cameras on the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument. The image shows the meteor’s foggy path over the sea. It looks like a dark spot across the clouds. NASA also released a GIF that you can see in the tweet below.
A still image shot at 23:50 GMT and estimation of occurrence of it at 23:48 GMT. This is the most powerful meteor to be observed since 2013. Also, the Bering Sea fireball was far enough away from civilization to not affect any humans, the object posed no threat to anyone on the ground.