Bright fireball streaks through the sky over Russia, causing sonic boom

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It was just last week that NASA publicly revealed its plans to enhance its tracking and detection systems for smaller near-Earth objects, and now a video from Russia shows exactly why such an effort is so important. The video shows a rather sizable fireball streaking through the atmosphere on June 21st, causing an incredibly bright flash that was visible to at least a handful or Russian cities.

The fireball, which was detected by NASA, was the most powerful visit from a near-Earth object since December of last year, delivering an estimated impact energy of 2.8 kilotons when it slammed into our planet's atmosphere.

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