|Posted on Dec 16, 2011 10:40:30 AM | William Cooke | 0 Comments ||
Hazy skies did little to dim the brightness of this Gemind meteor, which graced the skies over southern New Mexico on the night of Dec. 14 around 7:28 p.m. MST. Moving at 80,000 mph, the 3/4 inch meteor -- a piece of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon -- flared brighter than the planet Venus before burning up 47 miles above the U.S./Mexico border.
Image credit: Marshall Space Flight Center, Meteoroid Environments Office, Bill Cooke
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