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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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9) Definitive research published in Nature magazine indicates that the Tunguska bolide had asteroid origins and detonated approximately 10 km above the ground with a force of 10 to 20 megatons of TNT, making it over 1,000 times more powerful than the first atomic weapons.
Earth has been hit many times with large fiery meteors called bolides (bo-lides).
Today, scientists believe a large bolide impacted Earth 65 million years ago, causing cataclysmic changes to the surrounding environment and global climate.
Meteorite--An object of extraterrestrial origin, which survives passage through Earth's atmosphere as a bolide or fireball without being completely, vaporized, so that one or more pieces reach the ground intact.
The arrangement suggested that bolides have been striking a limited set of targets, or "cratering nodes," which have remained the same for at least the last half billion years.
Starting in 1991, he began applying those powerful tools to the impact problem and arrived at the idea that bolides and Earth interact in a far more orderly way than most scientists believe.
Most bolides captured by Earth therefore reach the same limited sets of orbits.
The uneven distribution of mass inside Earth - itself produced by an early crash - influences where later bolides strike.
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Bolide Software started in 2003 as a developer of software for collectors of movies and books.