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Man-Size Meteor From Comet Lights Up Georgia Sky
« on: June 03, 2011, 04:58:00 pm »
By Mike Wall , Senior Writer | – Thu, Jun 2, 2011

A brilliant meteor blazed through the sky above Georgia recently, and two NASA fireball-monitoring cameras caught the dramatic display on video.

The meteor was caused by a human-size chunk of an unknown comet. It was the brightest meteor yet recorded by NASA's fireball-observing network — based at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. — in its nearly three years of operation, officials said.

The 6-foot-wide (1.8-meter) space rock barrelled into Earth's atmosphere at 10:47 p.m. EDT on May 20 (0247 GMT on May 21), about 66 miles (106 kilometers) above the city of Macon, Ga.

At the video link, look at the bottom of the screen as the meteor comes into view.


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