On the night of 6 to 7 January in the sky, the residents of Naberezhnye Chelny, Nizhnekamsk, Yelabuga and other settlements in Tatarstan saw in the sky a mysterious flash, painting the sky first blue and then red. Trying to explain the phenomenon, Internet users called version in the range from a meteorite or lightning before the invasion of the aliens testing secret weapons. Experts at the American space Agency NASA has announced that in fact the outbreak was caused by the meteoroid.
Meteoroid — a celestial body, intermediate in size between the space dust and asteroid. If it at great speed enters the Earth’s atmosphere, friction heats up and burns out, turning in or “shooting star”, or, as in this case, the bolide is a large meteor that does not reach the Ground, but quite visible from the surface.
On the website NASA reported that caused the outbreak of Tatarstan object entered the Earth’s atmosphere at 00:24 Moscow time at a speed of 21 kilometers per second, and power occurred during its destruction of the explosion was almost 0.1 kilotons of TNT.
The American space Agency leads the interactive map where you can see all relatively large “balls of fire”, recorded nearly 20 years. Each is labeled with a circle, the color and size which allow to judge the power of the explosion. The least bright flashes corresponding to blue and blue colors, followed by smaller green and yellow. On the map you can see just a few of the orange circles and the only bright red — it refers to has his “famous” meteorite that exploded in February 2013 over the Chelyabinsk region. As a result, the event suffered 1 613 people, material damage amounted to nearly 500 thousand rubles, and the theme of the meteorite threat is still referred to by scientists and politicians as being relevant much more often than in 2013.
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