A meteorite exploded in the United States and generated a shock wave equivalent to 30 tons of dynamite

Taking into account that it was traveling at about 45,000 miles per hour, it is estimated that the diameter of the celestial body is about one meter and has a mass of about half a ton. Illustrative image:https://pixabay.com/[[[ ][[/caption]

On January 1, a meteor exploded in Washington County (Pennsylvania, USA) and generated a shock wave equivalent to 30 tons of dynamite., NASA Meteor Watch reported, through its official Facebook page.

The agency noted that at about 11:20 (local time), the geostationary environmental satellite GOES-R detected a strong meteor signal believed to be the source of the roar. He also explained that the fireball could not be seen because the area was cloudy at the time.

A day later he published an update that determined that an ultrasonic station near the explosion site had recorded the shock wave from the meteor as it disintegrated. What is more, Taking into account that it was traveling at about 45,000 miles per hour, it is estimated that the diameter of the celestial body is about one meter and has a mass of about half a ton.

The text reads if it weren’t cloudy, the fireball would have been easily visible in broad daylight. Also, according to a rough estimate, the meteor was 100 times brighter than that of a full moon.

For its part, the US National Weather Service (NWS, for its English acronym) stated that the event, which was observed by many local residents, had nothing to do with lightning in the area, ensuring that the most plausible explanation is that “a meteor exploded at a level above the surface of the Earth.” the earth.

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(taken from RT in Spanish)

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