NASA reports huge meteor over Barents Sea

NASA has reported that last December, military satellites detected a huge fireball over the Barents Sea.

The meteor entered the atmosphere on 18th December 2018 travelling at about 30 km/s. It was probably several metres in diameter and exploded with an energy equivalent of about 170 kilotons , which makes it one of the largest meteors to enter our atmosphere this century and about 40% as large as the Chelyabinsk event.  It broke up about 25km  over the Barents Sea between the USA and Russia.  It wasn’t reported earlier as this is a quite remote area, and the military satellite data was not made available earlier.

A video showing the smoke trail has been constructed from satellite data was posted on twitter :

 

More information on the BBC website here

A very favourable year for the Geminids

Weather permitting, 2017 should be a great year for observing the Geminids, with peak activity due to occur durig the night of Dec 13-14 (Wed-Thurs). Geminid rates will also be quite high during the night of Dec 12-13 and also fairly good during the nights of Dec 11-12 and Dec 14-15, but do be aware that rates drop off quite steeply in the nights after maximum. Read more