Earth and the Moon

Meteors and Meteorites

What is the largest known meteor to disintegrate in Earth’s atmosphere in recent times?

Modern scientific computations have shown that this incredible explosion was probably caused by a small, rocky asteroid or comet about one hundred feet across. Computer simulations show that it most likely came into Earth’s atmosphere at a shallow angle and exploded in mid-air above the forest. The explosion packed a punch easily greater than one thousand Hiroshima atomic bombs.


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