The extremely unlucky fatality occurred in 19th century Iraq and was reported all the way up to the Sultan, newly digitized documents reveal.
The December 18 fireball created the biggest airburst since the Chelyabinsk meteor of 2013.
It was the closest miss in recorded history.
Lindley Johnson is NASA’s Planetary Defense Officer and in many ways, the fate of the Earth rests in his hands. But he’s not stressed about it.