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‘Fireball’ meteor burns up 33 miles above Glover

GLOVER — NASA says a bright meteor seen streaking over northern Vermont on Sunday ended after burning up above Beach Hill, in Glover.

The meteor flashed across the sky at around 5:38 p.m. and made a loud banging noise when it entered the atmosphere.

NASA calculated that the meteor first appeared over Vermont at a height of 52 miles above Mount Mansfield State Forest.

It then sped northeast at a rate of 42,000 miles per hour, traveling 33 miles across the upper atmosphere before burning up 33 miles above Beach Hill.

The meteor was classified as a “fireball,” which is another term for a very bright meteor, about the same magnitude of the planet Venus as seen in the morning or evening sky.

NASA Meteor Watch said that more than 100 people reported seeing the event.

They estimate that it weighed close to 10 pounds with a diameter of around six inches.

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