Using Triangulation to Locate Meteorites from Witnessed Falls
Witnessing a fireball event can be a life changing experience, however, meteorite pose no real danger when they enter the atmosphere. When luminescent, they are anywhere from 11-20 miles into the atmosphere, much higher than most witnesses estimate. They are often seen from hundreds of miles away. They are not radioactive and do not start fires when they land. In fact, many witnesses have described newly fallen meteorites as "cold" or even covered in frost because they come from the cold of space.
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Resources and Reference Materials
Lindstrom,M, et al, Exploring Meteorite Mysteries, NASA publications.
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