Last night a meteorite, the diameter of which was about three meters, and the mass, according to some estimates, has reached ten tons, entered the Earth’s atmosphere for a few seconds and erupted in the sky over the Tonto National Park in Arizona. This event was in the frame of a number of cameras observe meteorites, and some of their records have already been published on the Internet.
According to us space Agency NASA, the speed of the asteroid when it is entering the atmosphere was about 700 64 kilometers per hour. The flash was so bright that “blinded” even some of the cells neighboring the American state of the state of new Mexico. National Park Tonto he flew at an altitude of about 35 kilometers. No reports of injured people or damaged buildings at the moment didn’t arrive. After analyzing the available data on meteorite and taking into account the Doppler effect, experts tend to believe that meteorite fragments could reach the ground to the North of the city of Tucson, without causing any harm. In the sky after the fall of the space object left a trail, outwardly reminiscent of the one that you can see behind flying at high altitude aircraft.
The kinetic energy of the meteor asteroid was about 10 kilotons. Experts note that it is approximately 40 times less than when the famous Chelyabinsk meteorite, fragments of which fell to Earth on 15 February 2013. Although the fall of the meteorite, known officially as the “Chelyabinsk”, fortunately, not led to casualties, it was not nearly as “harmless” as the present: then, according to official figures, affected 1 613 people, and material damage amounted to nearly half a billion rubles. For a long time after that, the meteorite remained one of the most discussed space objects ever reaching Land, and still in popular scientific texts of many space objects, for clarity, are compared with it. Also the Chelyabinsk bolide has led many astrophysicists and politicians to pay much closer attention than before to the meteor threat.
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