A large meteoroid exploded over the Bering Sea on December 18 and released an estimated 173 kilotons of energy and almost no one noticed due to the remote location. On Friday, NASA shared images captured by its Earth Camera Terra satellite showing a view of the massive fireball in action.
The image shows meteors smoky road over the sea. It looks like a dark spot over the clouds.
NASA also released a GIF. "The orange cloud that the fireball left behind by superheating the air that passed through can be seen below and to the right of the GIF center," says NASA.
The Space Agency says the fireball released more than 10 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb from World War II. It is less powerful than the devastating fireball that hit Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013, but it is still the second largest meteor explosion in recent decades.
Bering Sea Fireball was far enough away from civilization for not influencing people, but it is a sober reminder of the power of incoming space stones.
That's why NASA is working on ways to protect our planet from dangerous asteroids which can potentially be much more dangerous than the latest meteor.