- No, a meteor did not destroy a U.S. Air Force base
- Fireball Explodes Over Greenland Near US Military Base
- Air Force silent after 2-kiloton meteor hits Earth near base
No, a meteor did not destroy a U.S. Air Force base
Aug 3, A meteor hit the earth and exploded with kilotons of force last month, but the US Air Force has made no mention of the event.and
In , a meteor exploded over Russia, damaging buildings and injuring thousands of people. The blast over Greenland is estimated at 2. That is, until a watchdog scientist took to Twitter. IFLScience contacted the US Air Force, who said they have not released an official report regarding the incident at the time of publication, but confirmed there were no impacts to the air base. Most are small enough that they go unnoticed, but NASA has recorded bigger fireballs known as bolides since As Kristensen notes, there are exceptions, and these exceptions make informing and warning the public imperative. Take the Chelyabinsk meteor , for example.
Last December, the Earth had a very special visitor. According to NASA, a tremendous fireball exploded in the atmosphere, the second-largest in 30 years and the largest since the Chelyabinsk incident of The space rock exploded almost 16 miles That's around 40 percent of the power of Chelyabinsk. Some colour views of the meteor that flew over the North Pacific in December , taken by Japan's Himawari satellite.
A meteor exploded with 2. Air Force base in July, but the military has made no mention of the event, according to reports.
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August 6, am Updated August 6, pm. A meteor hit Earth and exploded with 2. The base is mainly used to detect missile launches. Meteor explodes with 2. There are nearly 2, nukes on alert, ready to launch. Kristensen points to the example of the Chelyabinsk meteor, a foot-wide space rock that exploded in the air over Russia without warning on Feb.
A meteor recently hit the earth about 26 miles away from Thule Air Base in Greenland. The U. Air Force is dismissing reports a meteor strike last month destroyed a key military installation. The meteor struck in Greenland, a little more than 26 miles away from the Air Force's northernmost installation, Thule Air Base. The Air Force is now confirming, however, that the facility was not hit.
Fireball Explodes Over Greenland Near US Military Base
Thule Air Base in Greenland is operating normally after reports that a possible meteorite exploded in the air above it, officials told Military. Hope Cronin said in an email. News outlets reported a meteorite exploded several miles from the base July 25 following tweets from space enthusiasts who tracked the explosion.
Air Force silent after 2-kiloton meteor hits Earth near base
The meteor released 2. But the freakout is wrong. The fireball above Thule, presumably a meteorite, exploded at an altitude of By comparison, when a falling asteroid exploded over Chelyabinsk in Russia in , yielding tons of viral videos, it released kilotons of energy at an altitude of A kiloton event is relatively rare; a much smaller explosion like the one over Greenland, however is not uncommon. A meteor like the one that scared the shit out of everyone in Chelybinsk in is only likely to make an appearance every 60 years or so, whereas a 2. Part of the reason that this even made news waves was the possibility of a fireball being misconstrued as a first strike by a nuclear nation.
A fireball that streaked across the sky above the Thule Air Base in Greenland on July 25 was notable for not only the 2. Air Force. The first reports of the meteor above Greenland came from two tweets from scientists. The energy from the explosion is estimated to be 2. Apparently, the news reports that stemmed from those tweets led to a flurry of calls from reporters to both the air base and NASA asking about potential harm to the Thule Air Base, according to the Military Times. So, what's up with the fireball?