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Nasa reveals EXPLOSION of meteorite ‘like 30 tons of TNT’ over Pittsburgh

NASA has confirmed that a loud bang heard in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on New Year’s Day was caused by an exploding meteorite.

The space rock is said to have exploded with a force equivalent to 30 tons of TNT.

If the explosion could be seen, it would be 100 times brighter than the full moon

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If the explosion could be seen, it would be 100 times brighter than the full moonCredit: Getty

Several residents living in the southwestern area of ​​Pittsburgh reported hearing a thunderous roar around 11:30 a.m. EST on the first day of 2022.

There were also reports of the ground shaking and windows rattling around the same time.

The National Weather Service did not detect lightning in the area so it is suspected an exploding meteorite may be responsible.

Nasa has since confirmed these suspicions.

NASA Meteor Watch said in a statement: “A nearby infrasound station recorded explosive waves from the meteor as it broke up; data allows an energy estimate of 30 tons of TNT.

“If we make a reasonable assumption about the speed of the meteor (45,000 miles per hour), we can throw the ball into the size of an object about a foot in diameter, with a mass of almost half a ton. .”

Cloudy skies mean the meteor explosion is not visible from Earth.

If the sky is clear, the explosion will be about 100 times brighter than the full moon.

It is thought that the meteorite in question is a type known as a “light ray”.

These space rocks move through Earth’s atmosphere at high speed and high pressure air causes them to break apart into violent explosions.

It is rare for these meteorites to produce a sonic boom.

Usually they just create a bright dying meteor display and have no effect on Earth.

Several thousand meteors are thought to pass through our sky every day, but we don’t see most of them because they fall into the ocean or are obscured by sunlight.

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/17230855/nasa-meteor-explosion-pittsburgh/ Nasa reveals EXPLOSION of meteorite ‘like 30 tons of TNT’ over Pittsburgh

Caroline Bleakley

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