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Meteorites From Giant Fireball Found In Sierra Foothills Town

Tiny meteorites found in the Sierra foothills of Northern California likely were part of a giant fireball that exploded in daylight with about one-third the explosive force of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II, scientists said Wednesday.

04/25/2012

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Mystery Light Spotted In Southwest Sky

A brilliant bright light seen streaking over the Southwestern sky Wednesday night was most likely a fireball — a fragment of an asteroid that entered Earth’s atmosphere, a NASA scientist said.

09/15/2011