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Giant fireball explodes over California


Posted on Friday, 27 April, 2012 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Tiny meteorites from an exploding fireball have been found scattered across northern California.

The fireball would have been a meteor approximately 4 to 5 billion years old and exploded with a force equivalent to one-third that of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War II. While meteor events like this occur on a regular basis it is unusual for one to happen above a populated area.

"Getting to see one is something special," said NASA's Don Yeomans. "Most meteors you see in the night's sky are the size of tiny stones or even grains of sand, and their trail lasts all of a second or two."

"The rocks each weighed about 10 grams, or the weight of two nickels, said John T Wasson, a longtime professor and expert in meteorites at UCLA's Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Hilander on 27 April, 2012, 0:56
One time a meteor exploded in the upper atmosphere here at night and for a second or two it was daylight.
Comment icon #2 Posted by DKO on 29 April, 2012, 7:21
One night when I was younger I saw a meteor in the sky, as it broke up it burst into a green fireball. One of the coolest things I've ever seen.
Comment icon #3 Posted by burt_ie on 1 May, 2012, 11:44
I also remember seeing one when I was younger It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen, nothing like a shooting star. It looked huge like a big ball of fire with a ton of sparks coming from its tail...at the time I was young and my over active imagination made me think aliens were coming! lolz
Comment icon #4 Posted by catfishyeah on 1 May, 2012, 19:11
I really want to see one. It sounds cool to witness explosion and impending doom.


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