Friday, June 03, 2011

Georgia Experiences Brightest Meteor Yet Recorded by NASA

Tim Sayell just sent me a note about a meteor that brightened Georgian sky May 20th.

What was so exciting about this meteor you ask? Well a couple of things really stand out, how big it was and how bright. First off was it's size. Not huge but not diminutive either. NASA estimates that the space rock was 6-foot-wide. And what really drew interest was how bright the meteor was.

From the Yahoo News article:
  • It was the brightest meteor yet recorded by NASA's fireball-observing network — based at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
  • When it entered the atmosphere, the comet chunk was traveling northwest at about 86,000 mph. At this velocity, the boulder-size "dirty snowball" possessed an energy or striking power somewhere between 500 and 1,000 tons of TNT.

complete Yahoo News article here

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