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Another Significant Meteor February 17

Within two weeks, substantial meteors have now been reported from Russia, the US and New Zealand. This one came down Sunday in Queenstown, and was large enough to be seen during the day. Clearly, it was not as large as the Russian meteor, but nevertheless, it's unusual for so many significant meteors to appear over such a short time. There is no known large meteor shower due until April, when the Lyrids are expected to appear. Do these meteors pose a danger? So far, one of them has caused significant damage and injuries from its shock wave, but there is no way to determine if any others as large or larger are heading toward Earth.

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