Meteorite landed on Thai soil is the biggest of its kind on Earth in 2015


BANGKOK, 16 September 2015 – The latest report of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirmed the fireball which streaked across the Thai sky on Sept 7 was the biggest of its kind seen this year from outer space, revealed the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) or Narit.

The report said some debris might be left in Kanchanaburi, and that people should not be worried about the fireball as it was a normal phenomenon.

Narit is conducting an analysis of the object, believed to be a meteor, based on the NASA report and onsite survey in Kanchanaburi.

Narit’s deputy director Dr.Saran Posyachinda said the object from the outer space was 3.5 meters in diameter and weighted around 66 tonnes. It moved to the Earth with 75,600 km. per hour in speed. Its explosive power was as equal as a 3.9 kilotonne TNT bomb, or at a quarter of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Dr.Saran reiterated that the fireball was a describable common astronomical phenomenon. Statistics indicated a great number of meteors were entering the Earth’s atmosphere onto oceans or unpopulated areas. Narit will keep monitoring the meteors details and report to the public as soon as possible.