Clearly visible is the shadow of the bolide (or meteoric explosion) seen as a dark streak on the clouds below.
If you look closely, you can also spot the fiery orange cloud left behind from the meteor super-heating the air as it passed through at a speed of 115,200 kilometres per hour (71,600 miles per hour).
The explosion was the third most powerful we’ve recorded since 1900, exploding with the equivalent of 173 kilotons of TNT – over 10 times the power of the Hiroshima atomic bomb (15 kilotons).
However, since it occurred in a remote location, no one was around to see it.
That’s good, though – it also means no one was around to be endangered by it, unlike the Chelyabinsk meteor, which injured over 1,200 people, mostly from glass flying from shattered windows.
A video showing the smoke trail from the #Meteor over the Bering Strait last December, produced using data from @JMA_kishou‘s #Himawari satellite.
The orange meteor trail in the middle, shadow above-left.
Bolides are actually pretty common, although they’re usually a lot smaller. NASA has logged 775 atmospheric fireballs since 1988, most of them over the ocean.