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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Well, I didn't see that one coming.

A good sized meteor hit the Earth on February 6, 2016. It landed 600 miles east of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. By the time it reached the ocean it was too small to cause any trouble. The problem is that no one saw it coming.
    But we have an extensive paparazzi, maybe someone caught it on camera. Let's see what Google can find.

San Clemente Pier FireballAms Event #2989-2915 caught over the Clemente, CA Pier 2015-11-03 19:50 PST © Lisa Speakman
Nope, that's not it.

Fireball captured on February 6, 2016, at Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics e.V. at the University Rostock © Gerd Baumgarten – Possibly AMS Event#489-2016
This one is the right date, but the wrong hemisphere.

Meteor over Horseshoe Park, CO – Dec 13th 2015 © Bryce Bradford
Nope.

Fireball over Martin Lake, Minnesota – September 12, 2014 © J. Ericson
So, meteors everyday, all the time. Keeping an eye on them is problematic, especially if we can't even see them coming.
All photos from American Meteor Society.

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