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The 17-meter bolide exploded in the air over the Chelyabinsk region of Russia on Feb. 15, shattering windows and injuring around 1,000 people.
Larger pieces of comet debris can create exceptionally bright meteors known as bolides.
That bolide blasted apart with the energy of 2.3 kilotons of TNT.
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Bolide, like "fireball," is a name applied to very bright meteors that often trail sparks. A clue to the origins of "bolide" can be found in the missile-like appearance of these meteors. The Greek bolis, which comes from "bolē" ("throw" or "stroke"), literally means "missile" or "javelin." "Bolis" is the source of the Latin name given to these spectacular meteors, which is also "bolis." The word became "bolide" in French, from which it was borrowed by the English language in the mid-19th century.
Origin and Etymology of bolide
First Known Use: 1784See Words from the same year
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