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Meteor Lights Up Arizona Sky

2 Jun 2016, 9:50 pm

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If you were driving the streets in Arizona Thursday morning at 4a.m., you might have wondered what lit up the night sky. Turns out a meteorite that broke up into many pieces over Arizona. NASA estimates that the meteor was approximately 10 feet in diameter. It was also estimated that the meteor was traveling at 40,000 mph when it crossed the sky over Arizona.

There were no reports of damage from this meteor. The point of impact was detected by Arizona’s Geological Survey seismic network, which picked up an impact near Payson. Meteorites entering the Earth’s atmosphere is not uncommon as one may think. Nearly 80 to 100 tons of material enters into the Earth atmosphere each day. However, the brighter the fireball, the rarer it is.

 

 

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