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1 Meteors and a little something extra on Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:51 pm


Space Weather News for Nov. 18, 2009

FIREBALLS AND METEORS: As forecasters predicted, the Leonid meteor shower peaked during the late hours of Nov. 17th, favoring sky watchers in Asia with an outburst of 100+ meteors per hour. Just as the outburst was dying down, an even bigger event took place over the western USA. Something hit Earth's atmosphere and exploded with an energy equivalent of 0.5 to 1 kiloton of TNT. Witnesses in Colorado, Utah, Idaho and elsewhere say the fireball "turned night into day" and "shook the ground" when it exploded just after midnight Mountain Standard Time. Researchers who are analyzing infrasound recordings of the blast say the fireball was not a Leonid. It was probably a small asteroid, now scattered in fragments across the countryside. Efforts are underway to measure the trajectory of the asteroid and guide meteorite recovery efforts.

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2 Re: Meteors and a little something extra on Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:39 pm


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Wow, I wish I could have seen or felt it. We were having a major rain/windstorm up here that knocked our power out for several hours............so I missed the meteor showers :[IMG]/storm9.g We're having another one tonight and prolly again tomorrow or the next day

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