Meteor

While burning from the friction with Earth's thin air, the supersonic flying space rock exploded 12 to 15 miles above Chelyabinsk. (Image:  Alex Alishevskikh  via   flickr  /  CC BY-SA 2.5)

Why Meteoroids Explode Before They Reach Earth

It has never really been understood how our atmosphere protects us against meteoroid impacts. It’s well recognized that meteoroids often explode before they reach Earth’s surface; however, researchers were uncertain as to why this happened until now.

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Why Meteoroids Explode Before They Reach Earth

It has never really been understood how our atmosphere protects us against meteoroid impacts. It’s well recognized that meteoroids often explode before they reach Earth’s surface; however, researchers were uncertain…