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NASA: Asteroid exploded over Cali & Nevada, labels it a 'Huge Event' 24-4-2012 Discovery.com

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posted on Apr, 27 2012 @ 12:05 AM
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"Minivan-sized Asteroid Exploded Over California"

a "small asteroid" or 'huge meteor' still the 'siize of a minivan' after burning up in our outer atmosphere,
exploded over California & Nevada.


The source of loud "booms" accompanied by a bright object traveling through the skies of Nevada and California on Sunday morning has been confirmed: It was a meteor. A big one. It is thought to have been a small asteroid that slammed into the atmosphere at a speed of 15 kilometers per second (33,500 mph), turning into a fireball, and delivering an energy of 3.8 kilotons of TNT as it broke up over California's Sierra Nevada mountains.

Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, went on to say that the meteor likely penetrated very deep into the atmosphere, producing the powerful sonic booms that rattled homes across the region. Cooke has been able to estimate the mass of the incoming object -- around 70 metric tons. This was a fairly hefty piece of space rock. He was also able to arrive at an approximate size of the meteor: about the size of a minivan."

Interestingly, the estimated size of the California fireball is bigger than the small 3-meter-wide asteroid that exploded over Sudan in 2008. That one delivered an energy of 1.1–2.1 kilotons of TNT. Asteroid 2008 TC3 was actually the first-ever space rock to be detected before it hit the Earth's atmosphere.





edit on 27-4-2012 by BiggerPicture because: (no reason given)




posted on Apr, 27 2012 @ 12:22 AM
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Well, this is one of the few NASA statements I believe.



posted on Apr, 27 2012 @ 12:30 AM
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That same night, one blew up over south carolina,,I would post the youtube vid but im too sleepy...There were probably more too



posted on Apr, 27 2012 @ 12:34 AM
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With all due respect, this is a duplicate thread, and all of this was covered here:

www.abovetopsecret.com...



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