Many news outlets have been reporting on a huge meteor that many were unable to see that ‘hit near US military base’ but there is a lot more to this story than you think. The whole ordeal is quite peculiar and well worth breaking down.
Back on July 25th (2018), an early missile warning was triggered at the Thule Air Base. The Thule Air Base for those who do not know is about 43 kilometers south of Greenland. This ‘missile’ was said to be traveling at a speed of 24.4 kilometers per second but as it turns out was not a missile but a meteor.
This meteor hit the earth and exploded with 2.1 kilotonnes of force according to News.Com.Au, they actually confirmed with NASA that this meteor should have hit the base itself. Hans Kristensen Director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists actually tweeted about the event when impact occurred. He was one of the first and few to actually speak up about the whole ordeal itself.
We’re still here, so they correctly concluded it was not a Russian first strike. There are nearly 2,000 nukes on alert, ready to launch. pic.twitter.com/q01oJfRUp4
— Hans Kristensen (@nukestrat) August 1, 2018
Because of this and other similar tweets, many news reporters called the air base as well as NASA to see if the base itself had been harmed. With that being said, according to Military Times the Air Force said within days of the event that the meteor did not hit the facility and it was fine. It did no damage to Thule what-so-ever.
The story was first reported by Australian media, then re-upped by Fox, which provided the rocket fuel for a frenzy of reporter calls to surprised base and NASA spokesmen.
The Air Force did call its space command, a defense official said on the condition of anonymity, since of course, that action would confirm that the U.S. Air Force already has a space command.
“No, we don’t have any reports of damage, why are we getting calls on this now?” said another official, Steve Brady, a spokesman at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, which handles Thule’s media queries, even though Thule is located in Greenland.
Thule is home to a host of defense and NASA research assets; DoD’s sensors serve as an early warning system for potential incoming missiles. The base is the military’s northernmost installation, located 750 miles north of the Arctic circle, according to the Air Force’s information page.
Kristensen told Business Insider that if it had entered at a more perpendicular angle, it would have struck the earth with significantly greater force. He is quite concerned that there was no public warning from the US government about the incident. While most meteors break down and are quite ‘harmless’ before they get close enough to hit anyone or anything not all do or are.
With this being a topic not widely covered and everything hushed so quickly, who knows? Perhaps it wasn’t really a meteor? I guess only time will tell. Regardless, it is quite interesting, while it has been addressed now it was seemingly ignored for days. For more information feel free to check out the video below.