( Meteoric airbursts recorded by U.S. Defense Department satellitets, 1975 to 1992
Newly released data show that meteoroids up to several yards across are continually slamming into the earth's atmosphere and exploding, some with a force as powerful as a small atom bomb. Researchers estimate that 10 times as many airbursts occurred during this time period but were not detected.
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