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Arctic Asteroid!

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) news service provides this report on the composition of the meteor that put on a brilliant sky show before landing in Western Canada this January. The fragments of the meteorite fell into a frozen lake, so they were not recovered for study until the lake began to thaw this April. Analyses of the pieces that were recovered suggest that the fallen object had a relatively rare composition and was "...about seven meters across and 200 to 250 metric tons. This wasn't your average meteoroid -- it was basically a C-class asteroid detonating in the atmosphere over the Arctic!" says Dr. Peter Brown of the University of Western Ontario. Visit the site for the full report.
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Date of Scout Publication
June 7th, 2000
Date Of Record Creation
April 7th, 2003 at 1:54pm
Date Of Record Release
November 20th, 2012 at 1:00pm
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