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Meteor over Arizona disturbs dinnertime for Tucson locals

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A meteor over Arizona exploded during dinnertime on Tuesday, bringing local Tucson residents out of their homes to look at the skies overhead, CNN reported..

Although NASA recorded nine meteors associated with the annual Geminid meteor shower on the night of the Arizona meteor, Bill Cooke, a NASA meteor expert who examined the NASA video footage of the meteor, determined that the Tucson meteor was too slow to be part of the Geminid meteor shower.

The Arizona meteor was reportedly traveling at 45,000 mph. Cooke explained that a Geminid travels at 78,000 mph. In addition, the direction whence it came was atypical for a Geminid meteor.

Even so, the Arizona meteor was on the large side, weighing approximately 100 pounds and measuring approximately 16 inches in thickness. It created quite a flash of light when it burned up in the Earth's atmosphere.

Meteors in Arizona are certainly not unheard of. In fact, a meteor crater in Arizona is considered by some to be one of the world's greatest attractions. The crater lies in the Arizona desert, and it is evidence of a cataclysmic event, an explosion greater than an atomic bomb. Scientists believe that the meteor struck Arizona 50,000 years ago. Yet the massive crater, which is nearly one mile across and 500 feet deep, is clearly visible to tourists and locals alike. It is even visible from space. Check out the video on the left side of the page for more information.

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