NASA has released images of a huge meteor that exploded across the earth last year with more than 10 times the atomic energy falling on Hiroshima during World War II.
"Fireball" NASA's expression of an unusually light meteor visible over a wide area exploded about 16 miles above the Bering Sea on December 18. Although fireballs are quite common, this was the most powerful meteorologist track since 2013.
On Friday, NASA shared images of the fireball captured from Terra, a satellite, the size of a small school bus encircling the earth on a north-to-earth -Seed track every 99 minutes. The pictures were snatched a few minutes after the explosion, according to NASA.
In an image sequence, a bright orange shadow left by the meteor is located at the bottom right. The long, dark strip in the middle of the picture is actually a shadow of the meteor path thrown on top of clouds. The shade is stretched out of the sun's low angle.
Another image captured by another instrument aboard Terra is a true-color image of the remains of the meteor passage.
Meteors, known as "shooting stars", are the visible paths of asteroids or comet fragments that enter the Earth's atmosphere. Atmospheric friction causes the object to lower, heat up and eventually collapse. Fragments of exploding space rock, called meteorites, are sometimes found on the ground.
Because of its height and distant location over the Bering Sea, NASA said the December fireball was not a threat to humans.
In 2013, a large meteor exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, damaged buildings and injured over 1,000 people.