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Large fireball explodes over the Atlantic

Posted on Tuesday, 23 February, 2016 | Comment icon 17 comments

The explosion happened far from any populated areas. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Vix_B
The event, which released the energy equivalent to 13,000 tons of TNT, went practically unnoticed.
Taking place roughly 620 miles off the coast of Brazil, the spectacular explosion hit with the same amount of energy as the atomic bomb that was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

The object was thought to have measured seven meters across and entered the planet's atmosphere at 41,600mph.

"Had it happened over a populated area it would’ve rattled some windows and probably terrified a lot of people, but I don’t think it would’ve done any real damage," said researcher Phil Platt.

"Impacts like this happen several times per year on average, with most going unseen."

The last time a meteorological incident of this scale occurred was back in 2013 when an object exploded with considerable force over Chelyabinsk, Russia and injured 1,600 people.

Source: Sky News | Comments (17)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by third_eye on 24 February, 2016, 2:51
the kids were playing Windows 10 minesweeper ~
Comment icon #9 Posted by drewiduk on 24 February, 2016, 3:38
Comment icon #10 Posted by Goodnite on 24 February, 2016, 4:14
Dodged another interstellar bullet.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Krytec on 24 February, 2016, 7:23
Something only 7m wide and going 40,000+mph has no chance against our atmosphere...
Comment icon #12 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 25 February, 2016, 2:17
I go along with "Ancient Aliens" theory and think this was likely some juvenile delinquent aliens imitating their parents, but only capable of diverting much smaller space rocks our way, and not the huge asteroids the adults use to "cleanse" planets of inferior life forms.
Comment icon #13 Posted by DieChecker on 25 February, 2016, 8:57
It was 7m across which isn't going to be detected by anything we have today. Not at the speed it was traveling. It had no chance of hitting the water. Probably burned up to dust a mile or more up. It was a factor of ten smaller across then the Russian meter a couple years back. So it had 1/1000th the damage potential. This is all in the article people....... Or.... It was in the one I read this morning.
Comment icon #14 Posted by BeastieRunner on 25 February, 2016, 18:46
Well ...
Comment icon #15 Posted by Realm of Unknown on 26 February, 2016, 4:13
People do realize this is a thing though right?.. People always fear meteors crashing into earth. When really, if they explode before impact, the force can sometimes be even greater, and you do not have the surface to block half the blast. In the air it is at full force in all directions..
Comment icon #16 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 26 February, 2016, 13:04
The ones that explode in the air are usually relatively small and explode at high enough altitude that they cause little or no effect on the ground (two notable exceptions are Tunguska and Chelyabinsk). It is worth noting that even with Chelyabinsk the injuries were almost entirely caused by flying broken glass, damage to buildings (other than the glass) was minor - non-existent. Larger meteorites which can make it all the way to the ground are much more of a threat. Instead of the energy being dissipated (mostly) harmlessly through the air, much of the energy would travel through the ground... [More]

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