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very bright meteor leaving a trail in the sky that can remain visible for several minutes; often a distinct sound, perhaps caused by very low frequency radio waves, is associated with it.
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(boh -lÿd) A brilliant meteor that appears to explode, i.e. a detonating fireball. The brighter ones are caused by ablating meteorites that subsequently fall to Earth. About 5000 bolides occur in the Earth's atmosphere each year.



a bright meteor with pronounced angular dimensions. The most brilliant bolides may be visible even in daylight; at night, the mantle and the tail are visible. Bolides leave a trail of ionizing gases and dust. The flight of a bolide may be accompanied by acoustic phenomena and sometimes terminates in the fall of a meteorite.


A brilliant meteor, especially one which explodes; a detonating fireball meteor.
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The ambassador of the NASA/ JPL solar system to Utah, Patrick Wiggins, explained that the object was flashing different colours, which was the typical characteristic feature of a bolide meteor.
This recently-signed contract provides for new operator training simulators, upgraded fire units to support the BORC night-capable sight and the latest Bolide missile, new external power supplies plus a four-year support agreement.
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Le petit prodige australien collectionne les ecarts de conduite depuis la fin de saison : exces de vitesse, delit de fuite, refus d'obtemperer, condamnation en justice pour avoir conduit un bolide alors qu'il n'en avait pas le droit.
The new version can use either the Mk 2 missile or the Bolide, the latter provides an effective intercept range of eight km and altitude coverage of over 5000 metres.