A meteor exploding above the clouds above the Bering Sea in December was held in the sky by NASA's eyes.
Just a few minutes after the meteor erupted on December 18, 2018, the Multi-Angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) broke off. The instrument aboard the Terra satellite recorded the scene in a sequence of images.
Clearly visible is the shadow of the car (or the meteor explosion), which is depicted as a dark stripe on the underlying clouds.
If you look closely, you can also see the fiery orange cloud left behind by the Meteor overheating as it passed at a speed of 115,200 kilometers per hour (71,600 miles per hour).
The explosion was the third strongest recorded since 1900. It exploded with 173 kilotons of TNT – more than ten times the power of the atomic bomb Hiroshima (15 kilotons).
It stands behind the Chelyabinsk explosion in 2013 (440 kilotons) and the Tunguska event of 1908 (at least 3 megatons).
No one was near a remote place.
That's good, but it also means that no one in the vicinity was at risk, unlike the Chelyabinsk meteor, which had injured over 1,200 people, mostly from broken glass, which flew out of broken windows
A video, which shows the smoke trail of the #Meteor over the Bering Strait last December and was created using data from the @JMA_kishou #Himawari satellite
The orange meteor track in the middle, Shadow top left.
High-resolution copy: https://t.co/EXn8sFb556 pic.twitter.com/X54InkvMnl
– Simon Proud (@simon_sat) March 19, 2019
Bolides are actually quite common although they are usually much smaller. NASA has logged 775 atmospheric fireballs since 1988, most of them over the ocean.