Amazing satellite imagery shows huge meteor exploding in Earth’s atmosphere

Amazing satellite imagery has captured the moment a huge meteor exploded in the Earth's atmosphere with 10 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

The meteor explosion occurred in December 2018 , but went largely unnoticed because it blew up over the Bering Sea.

However, a scientist from the University of Oxford has used data captured by the Japanese meteorological agency's Himawari satellite to create a video of the enormous explosion.

The Himawari satellite takes one picture of the whole Earth every 10 minutes, according to Dr Simon Proud of the Atmospheric Physics Department at Oxford University, who created the video.

"The video is a zoomed-in animation of these 10 minute frames and covers around 4.5 hours in total," he told Sky News .

Running from roughly 11.30pm GMT on 18 December to 3.50am the next morning, the video clearly shows the plume and shadow of the meteor, as it burns up in the Earth's atmosphere.

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The meteor measured several metres in diameter, and exploded around 25.6km above Earth's surface, according to NASA.

The blast from the meteor was the second-largest such explosion in the last century, just behind the meteor which exploded over the Russian region of Chelyabinsk in 2013.

It was picked up by the US Air Force’s military satellites, which monitor the routes used by commercial planes, and subsequently referred to NASA.

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