Early morning on June 21, the sky got brighter for a while as a space rock entered Earth’s atmosphere and exploded over Russia.
According to more information from NASA, the fireball entered the Earth’s atmosphere with a speed of almost 32,200 miles per hour (14km per second). The speed was so big that it hit the atmosphere with 2.8 kilotons of energy.
People from Russian cities like Kursk, Lipetsk, Voronzeh, and Orel saw the asteroid in the sky and hear the sonic boom across tens of miles.
The asteroid measured four meters width, and the event was filmed, writes The International Meteor Organisation:
“The event was captured on video and caused a lot of public attention. The event has been reported by witnesses from the cities of Kursk, Lipetsk, Voronzeh, and Orel. Many of them reported a loud sonic boom.”
“National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan”
A week ago, NASA admitted that they need to step up their game in search of near-Earth objects in case of an impact. The National Science and Technology Council released a report in which they urged officials to offer more protection from hazardous space rocks that could enter Earth’s atmosphere.
In 1908, a small asteroid that exploded in in Siberia ruined 800 miles of forests, knocking down almost 80 million trees and causing a shock wave similar to a 5.0 Richter magnitude earthquake. If such a small asteroid would hit a city like New York, it could make millions of victims.
NASA keeps track of 95% asteroids that could threaten our planet, but the missing 5% of them could offer us the same fate as dinosaurs had. This is why experts state that we need to do more. The title of the report is “National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan.” It contains warnings and solutions to different issues.
Lindley Johnson, NASA’s planetary defense officer, stated that “part of what this action plan is about is to investigate other technologies, techniques for both deflection and disruption of the asteroid.”
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.