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-- Edited by Blobrana on Tuesday 1st of December 2009 10:42:45 PM

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Space buffs have some astounding new calculations about the gigantic fireball that lit up our part of the west two weeks ago. They now estimate the meteor lit up 500,000 square miles bright as day, and they've learned a lot more by studying some spectacular images.
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"Although it's too early to say definitively how large the object was and how fast it was going, Jarvis estimated that it was about the size of an oven and was travelling at about 80,000 mph. It broke through the Earth's atmosphere and was probably around 100 miles above the ground when it became visible. It almost certainly broke up before it reached the ground" - Seth Jarvis, director of the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City.

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Vogel is strongly discouraging anyone from venturing into "Area 52" looking for the meteor. It's an enormous remote desert with no cell phone reception, no military patrol passing any given area for more than a week, where they still regularly test weapons. There are even areas of the desert too dangerous even for approved military personnel to travel through
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Dash cam captures meteor over GJ
Many people heard about it, but very few people actually saw it. A meteor was visible over the Grand Valley just after midnight Wednesday.
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Ed ~ Just  a note to say the likely microwave sized meteor exploded with an energy equivalent of 0.5 to 1 kilotons of TNT.

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General map of the area

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Ed ~ According to this video the dropzone is
Latitude: 40°15'25.95"N, Longitude: 113°19'4.64"W

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-- Edited by Blobrana on Sunday 22nd of November 2009 05:25:49 AM

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A queda de um meteorito, ontem, no estado americano do Utah, foi registada pelas câmaras de segurança da Universidade de Milford. Fica o registo do acontecimento cujas imagens ilustram bem o espectáculo do fenómeno.
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Dugway Proving Ground - Security at this military testing facility has been increased after a meteor was spotted over Utah, and believed to have crashed here, authorities told Fox 13 News.
Dugway officials insist they have no evidence that a meteor spotted over Utah early Tuesday actually crashed here, but that hasn't stopped them from being blitzed with phone calls and speculation that's where the space rock is.
Dugway has a reputation for being mysterious. Approximately 1,300 square miles, the facility tests biological, chemical and munitions for the military. The mystery surrounding some of its projects has earned it the nickname "Area 52."

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