W-News | NASA : " Russian Meteor Biggest In 100 Year " | United States Space Agency (NASA) said the meteor that fell in the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia today is the largest meteor that hit the Earth during the last century.
Large meteor hit the Earth in ever reported June 30, 1908 in the Tunguska region of Siberia, resulting in about 80 million tree fell to the ground.
"The fall of meteors that can be called a rare and historic event," said NASA Planetarium Director Jim Green, as reported by the newspaper USA Today, Saturday (16/2).
NASA estimates that the meteor was the size of a bus with a weight of seven thousand tons with an explosion as powerful as 20 atomic bombs.
"Fortunately, the Earth's atmosphere absorbs most of the energy meteor," said Amy Mainzer, a scientist at the Laboratory of NASA.
Meteor that crashed in Russia it hit the earth just a few hours before the asteroid named 2012 DA14 area of half a football field across the Earth at an altitude of 27 thousand kilometers. That is a record for the shortest distance a large asteroid crosses Earth.