From: LARRY KLAES (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Dec 19 2001 - 10:36:05 PST
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Subject: Expert: August 17 Meteor From Asteroid Belt
Expert: Meteor from asteroid belt
Colorado sleuths track August fireball
By Ann Schrader
Wednesday, December 19, 2001 - A blazing fireball that boomed and burst over
Colorado on Aug. 17 most likely came from the asteroid belt beyond Mars, a
finding that meteorite hunters believe will help in finding remnants.
The estimated 1-ton, desk-size hunk of space debris was 40 times brighter
than the moon when it exploded about 15 miles above Earth's surface just
northwest of La Garita in Saguache County.
Tracing the meteorite back to its space haunts was the work of Frank
Sanders, a radio spectrum expert with the Institute of Telecommunications in
The date, time, angle, direction and suspected speed were fed into Sanders'
program. Sanders found that the meteorite was born between the inner edge
and the outer edge of the asteroid belt, a place where tons of debris lurk.
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