Russian Meteorite Bigger Size 55 Feet, 500 Kilotons Explosion- Weighed10,000 tons
Reports from NASA are now saying that the Meteorite that hit Russia on February 15th, 2013 injuring an estimated 1,000 people is much larger then originally expected. I kinda thought this was pretty serious.
NASA is now saying the meteor was about 55 feet (17m) wide and weighed about 10,000 tons and was traveling approximately 40,000 mph (64,373 km/h) when it exploded. The explosion was estimated at 500 Kilotons. Wow, think about that 40,000 mph – Holy Crap!!! and 10,000 tons with an impact explosion of 500 Kilotons. That is amazing and quite serious and substantial. I am surprised more people aren’t making a bigger deal out of this. Sure it could be worse, but think about the shear mass we are dealing with here.
Just to help clarify the terminology for those that might be a bit confused, an asteroid Revolves around the sun, a meteor is a piece of the asteroid that has broken off that enters the planet’s atmosphere and a meteorite is a meteor that hits the earth after entering the earth’s atmosphere.
They are now calling this a cosmic coincidence, but I highly doubt that is the case. I suspect it was a meteor that broke off the asteroid at some point during its travels. Even one of the NASA representatives said, “It caught us by surprise” and that they didn’t see it coming. “Meteors this size can come from anywhere”. But since this asteroid DA14 was passing by, it makes sense that this was part of DA14 measuring in at 150 feet.