Giant Meteor Hits Earth But No One Notices

Charlie Blacks II February 23rd 2016 Tech
We all try to ignore the fact that we’re living on a spinning rock in which we have no control over. And we’ve all heard the possible theory of a large meteor that sparked the ice age, killing the majority of our dinosaur friends. Luckily, now we live in a world so technologically advanced that we know when certain climate changes are approaching or what is floating around in our atmosphere, heck we can even tell what is headed in Earth’s direction before it even makes an impact. In the back of our minds we’re all wondering when the ‘big one’ is going to hit but most of go on throughout our days not too worried about the chances of anything like that happening within our lifetimes. Well, we have a message for you… it’s coming sooner than you think. Be afraid… Ok, we’re joking but still stay informed. Did you know that we were hit with a large meteor earlier this month? Well… check this out.
February 6th around 2:00pm a large meteor exploded about 620 miles off the coast of Brazil. The meteor was about 60ft in diameter and came plummeting into the Earth at 41,600 mph with the equivalent force of the atomic bomb that wiped out Hiroshima in 1945. The huge fireball exploded about 6 miles above the troposphere, approximately in the same atmospheric layer that weather forms. The strange thing is… no one really noticed. Fortunately, military technology tracks atmospheric explosions and called this in. Ron Baalke, a NASA employee had this to say about the explosion that took place in the Atlantic Ocean, “As impacts go, this was pretty small… After all, you didn’t even hear about until weeks after it occurred. 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.” Whew… looks like our Brazilian brothers and sisters dodged what could have been a slight rock drizzle but nonetheless we’re happy this didn’t occur over a densely populated area.
This definitely isn’t the first time anything like this happened and definitely won’t be the last. As a matter of fact, impacts like these happen on average at least several times a year, most which go unseen by the human eye. Starting to get a little worried? No worries, scientists have been developing methods to defend us against asteroids and meteors for years now. Supposedly, there are lasers in development for when the ‘big one’ decides to float its way into our solar system. For now, we can all live our lives accordingly and relax. Please don’t turn into one of those people who wear tin foil hats and talk to yourself in public, we’ll all be fine.


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