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27 December 2010

Meteor/Meteorite News 27DEC2010

Dec 25, 2010 evening fireball - New Mexico

reported by Thomas Ashcraft  |  New Mexico
Nice meteor over eastern New Mexico Dec 25 at 2218 MST evening. (Dec 26, 2010, 0518 UTC).
Interestingly, the slower and sometimes larger the fireball, the less radio scatter reflection it creates. This one made just a subtle "twinkle."
http://www.heliotown.com/FBs20101226_0518ut_Ashcraft.mp4

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