NASA says a fireball crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, but no one noticed
If we had to guess, you probably don’t recall anything major happening on Feb. 6 of this year. But, according to a report from NASA, if you lived in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, you would remember it.
The NASA/JPL Near-Earth Object Fireball page recorded a sizable event occurring at 1:55 p.m.
At that time, the entry says an exceptionally bright meteor, known as a fireball or a bolide, zoomed into Earth’s atmosphere and likely exploded over the South Atlantic Ocean.
And the calculated total impact energy released from that explosion was reportedly about what you’d get if you detonated 13,000 tons of TNT.
Now, that sounds like a pretty big deal. But as far as meteor impacts go, this one was pretty tiny.
To put things into perspective, researchers say the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013 was equivalent to the detonation of about 500,000 tons of TNT.
As an astronomy blogger for Slate put it, “Events this size aren’t too big a concern. 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.”