By Chase Hill / March 19, 2019

Massive Meteor Explosion Detected By NASA

The meteor exploded over the Bering Sea.

Perseid meteor shower over Big Bend National Park, Texas. (Photo credit: Jason Weingart / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Perseid meteor shower over Big Bend National Park, Texas. (Photo credit: Jason Weingart / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

A new report released by NASA reveals that a massive meteor exploded over the Bering Sea in December of 2018.

The explosion, the second largest of its kind in three decades, exploded with “10 times the energy released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb,” BBC News reports.

“That was 40% the energy release of Chelyabinsk, but it was over the Bering Sea so it didn’t have the same type of effect or show up in the news,” Kelly Fast, near-Earth objects observations programme manager at NASA, explained to the BBC.

The explosion was so big, researcher have asked commercial airlines, who might have been in the area where the meteor exploded, if they have any reported sightings of such an event.

On December 18, 2018 the space rock entered the atmosphere traveling at 32km/s on a seven degree trajectory. The meteor, which was several meters in size, explode about 25.6km above the Earth’s surface.

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