Air Force remains silent after massive meteor hits near US military base
A meteor hit the earth and exploded with 2.1 kilotons of force final month, but the US Air Force has made no mention of the event.
NASA&rsquos Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed an object of unspecified size travelling at 24.4 kilometres per second struck earth in Greenland, just 43 kilometres north of an early missile warning Thule Air Base on the 25th of July, 2018.
Director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists, Hans Kristensen, tweeted about the effect, but America&rsquos Air Force has not reported the occasion.
Mr. Kristensen argues it&rsquos concerning there was no public warning from the US government about the incident.
&ldquoHad it entered at a more perpendicular angle, it would have struck the earth with considerably greater force,&rdquo he writes on Company Insider.
Mr Kristensen points to the instance of the Chelyabinsk meteor, a 20-metre space rock that exploded in the air over Russia without having warning on the 15th of February 2013.
It was the size of a home, brighter than the sun and visible up to 100 kilometres away.
About 1500 individuals were injured by glass from windows smashing or other effects of the meteor&rsquos influence as it crashed to earth, the biggest recognized human toll from a space rock.
&ldquoThe Chelyabinsk event drew widespread attention to what much more demands to be completed to detect even bigger asteroids prior to they strike our planet,&rdquo mentioned NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson. &ldquoThis was a cosmic wake-up call.&rdquo
Following the 2013 incident, the International Asteroid Warning Network was established to help governments to detect and respond to Near Earth Objects.
But an asteroid getting into the earth&rsquos atmosphere is not uncommon.
According to a study referenced by Mr. Kristensen, a meteor struck earth each and every 13 days over a 20-year-period. Most break apart upon entering the atmosphere and are &ldquoharmless."
This story originally appeared in news.com.au.
Published at Fri, 03 Aug 2018 15:09:00 +0000