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    Blazing Meteorite Spotted in the Sky Above Russia's Arkhangelsk (VIDEO)

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    A large, unusually bright falling meteorite was seen in the Onezhsky district in Russia's northern Arkhangelsk region on Saturday, a representative of the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory told RIA Novosti on Monday.

    "It was a bolide, which is known as a very bright meteor," the observatory's employee said.

    Local media posted on social networks a video of the falling object.

    According to Russian astronomer, Valery Surdin, a falling bolide is quite a rare occurrence.

    "Usually, bright bolides, namely, large stones, are sporadic, unpredictable objects. Such bright [meteorites] aren't seen often, it's a pretty rare occurrence," Surdin said.

    Meteorites are fragments of space objects, which fall in the atmosphere at a speed of ten kilometers per second and burn up, causing a bright flash — a "falling star."

    According to regional media, the meteor above Arkhangelsk burned up in the atmosphere at an altitude of about 50 kilometers above the earth's surface. No damage or victims have been reported.

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      Why are so many Meteorites falling in Russia ? Those meteorite falls are to many to be NATURAL ? I have a feeling that there is something dark beyond those falls. Could it be that the US is somehow testing the effectiveness of Russia's Air-defense systema by sending some dummies that are made to burn out in the atmosphere leaving no evidence ?
    • Angus Gallagherin reply toDan(Show commentHide comment)
      Dan, more meteors will fall over the Pacific Ocean than will ever fall over Liechtenstein.
      Can you figure out why?
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      Danin reply toAngus Gallagher(Show commentHide comment)
      Angus Gallagher, The numbers are too high to be explain through she size only. Remember that China, Canada, US, Brazil, India etc are big and by far well populated, but those nations have not seen half those number of meteorites ! There is something fishy there !
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