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Video: asteroid impact between 2000 and 2013

on 23 April 2014

Between 2000 and 2013, a network of sensors that monitors Earth around the clock listening for the infrasound signature of nuclear detonations detected 26 explosions on Earth ranging in energy from 1-600 kilotons – all caused not by nuclear explosions, but rather by asteroid impacts. To put this data in perspective, the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945 exploded with an energy impact of 15 kilotons.

This video shows the locations of asteroid impacts on Earth since 2000. While most of these asteroid impacts were not dangerous as they occurred too high in the atmosphere, you can see there are a lot of them. Space missions such as ESA's Sentinels play a vital role in protecting our planet — the most important mission of humankind. 

Credit video: B612 Foundation