We all try to ignore the fact that were living on a spinning rock in which we have no control over. And weve 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 Earths direction before it even makes an impact. In the back of our minds were 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 its coming sooner than you think. Be afraid Ok, were 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 didnt even hear about until weeks after it occurred. Had it happened over a populated area it, wouldve rattled some windows and probably terrified a lot of people, but I dont think it wouldve done any real damage. Whew looks like our Brazilian brothers and sisters dodged what could have been a slight rock drizzle but nonetheless were happy this didnt occur over a densely populated area.
This definitely isnt the first time anything like this happened and definitely wont 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 dont turn into one of those people who wear tin foil hats and talk to yourself in public, well all be fine.