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meteor

mee tee er

  • n  (astronomy) any of the small solid extraterrestrial bodies that hits the earth's atmosphere
  • n  a streak of light in the sky at night that results when a meteoroid hits the earth's atmosphere and air friction causes the meteoroid to melt or vaporize or explode

  • When a meteoreven if it is no bigger than a grain of sandhits the earth's atmosphere, it leaves a long trail of ionized particles 60 miles up.
  • Scientists theorize that the blast, caused probably by a meteor or comet fragment that exploded a few miles over the surface of the Earth, was 1000 times as powerful as the bomb .
  • Unless the meteor hits in an arid region, its dent is smoothed down quickly (in terms of geological time) by erosion and other natural forces.
News & Articles

  • Mystery meteor shower disappoints skywatchers, but wait till next year
    Skywatchers were hoping for a fireworks show from the Gamma Delphinid meteor shower early Tuesday, but what they got were merely a few snaps, crackles and pops. That's not totally surprising, because some experts said in advance they weren't sure whether the meteor shower actually existed."I think it exists," Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office told NBC News, "but there was ...
    June 12, 2013 - NBC NEWS
  • Mystery meteor shower disappoints skywatchers, but wait till next year
    Skywatchers were hoping for a fireworks show from the Gamma Delphinid meteor shower early Tuesday, but what they got were merely a few snaps, crackles and pops. That's not totally surprising, because some experts said in advance they weren't sure whether the meteor shower actually existed."I think it exists," Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office told NBC News, "but there was ...
    June 12, 2013 - NBC NEWS
  • Gamma Delphinids meteor shower: Back tonight, after 83 years? (+video)
    Gamma Delphinids: A rare meteor shower not seen since 1930 is expected to burst onto our skies late Tuesday night. When and where to watch the gamma Delphinds
    June 11, 2013 - The Christian Science Monitor
Quotes

  • Glenn in Sydney Morning Herald
    We opened Northern Meteor up at $2.35 and the punters stepped straight in and backed him into $2,TAB Sportsbet's Glenn Munsie said. "When you have a look at the race you usually want to risk horses having their first go up the straight at...
  • Tom LaBonge in Press-Enterprise
    The crisis was not caused by the impact of a meteor or the explosion of a volcano. Rather it was caused by a failure to anticipate quite obvious risks - by 'irrational exuberance' at the prospects for profits, if one bought into the concept of an... Robert Shiller http://www.google.com/url?q=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Shiller&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNH7aupTyCjN8qvpdgmEwUGBwDnTcA McClatchy Washington Bureau http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/49512.html&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNFkoRoehW-LKxihWatL_UI_5WjTbA Aug 20, 2008 63090 84173 meteor I saw what looked like an orange meteor busting through the roof ...... a half moon of orange glow," said City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who was hiking near the Griffith Park Observatory.

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