Unexpected asteroid explodes over Russia

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

NASA’s meteorology reports registered a meteor explosion with 2.8 kilotons of force on June 21 at 01:16 UTC over a number of Russian cities including Lipetsk, which is south-east of Moscow.

The explosion size correlates to a small asteroid of about 4 meters (13 feet) in diameter, which is rather small in comparison to the 20 meter (65 feet) asteroid that exploded back in February 2013 over Chelyabinsk, Russia.

“The event has been reported by witnesses from the cities of Kursk, Lipetsk, Voronzeh, and Orel. Many of them reported a loud sonic boom,” reports the International Meteor Organization.

Although it remains unknown whether any of the fragments reached Earth’s surface, we have clear evidence that the intense explosion caused by the friction in the air likely disintegrated most of the rock before it had a chance to make a landing.

However, as has become a regular occurrence, the asteroid was not detected until it had hit the Earth’s atmosphere, which perplexes researchers at worldwide space agencies.

Notably, the asteroid itself failed to a mammoth event that could destroy life or cause severe damage, scientists and researchers consider the extensive progress that must be achieved in order to easily predict interlopers from space.

NASA has several programs in development to increase the detection accuracy of potentially problematic asteroids.