Energy in a meteor

Recently, a meteor impacted Russia. The estimate of the meteor's size was \(10~\mbox{tons}\) and it was estimated to have entered the earth's atmosphere at a speed of \(14,600~\mbox{m/s}\). What was the total kinetic energy of such a meteor in J as it entered the atmosphere?

Details and assumptions

  • One ton is \(907~\mbox{kg}\).
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