A Meteor Was Seen Exploding in The Sky?

On the evening of Wednesday 27 May, residents of northern Turkey were treated to a spectacular light show. Videos on social media show what appears to be a meteor streaking across the sky, before exploding in the air with a thunderous boom.
Turkish news website Daily Sabah reports that a "ball of light" was visible in several provinces at around 8:30 pm local time, including Artvin, Erzurum, Sivas, Tuncel and Ardahan. That's because most meteors that reach our planet's atmosphere don't actually make it to the ground; not intact, at any rate.



We're under a pretty constant bombardment of space rocks, actually. It's estimated that millions of meteors and micro meteors enter Earth's atmosphere every day. Most of these are tiny, between sand-size and pea-size, and burn up before we even know they exist.
Since most of Earth's surface is water - around 71 percent - this is where most of the meteors explode.

We're still not entirely sure of the mechanism behind why space rocks explode in our skies, but scientists think it has to do with the thickness of the atmosphere. As the rock falls through the sky, air pressure in front of it builds up.
According to this air pressure model, that build-up causes high-pressure air to seep through minute pores and cracks in the object. In turn, this increases internal pressure inside the rock, which causes it to spectacularly explode several tens of meters in the air, raining smaller debris onto the ground below.

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