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Old Nov 19 2009, 08:42 AM   #1
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To Pam (and others who live in the western USA),

Yesterday I received the following email report from
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.
Did anyone see or hear this? Was it on the local news? Have any new superhero babies appeared? I bet there will be a search for the fragments.
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