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Asteroid explosion was a whopper for Earth


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« on: November 01, 2009, 06:26:07 pm »

"We are trying to coordinate with some local scientists to secure more local data, but that will likely take several weeks," Brown told SPACE.com.

Brown said a YouTube video that was aired a few days after the event convinced them it was a bolide.

"Had this happened over the ocean we would only have known that there had been a big explosion...we would presume it was a fireball, but it could be anything producing a large impulsive shock in the atmosphere," Brown said.

More data is expected from U.S. military space assets that likely detected the event. From their vantage point in space, multiple sensor systems would have seen the huge explosion and there surely is a rich dataset of measurements to be plumbed relating to the detonation.
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