Animated graphic of meteorites seen impacting Earth


Carlo Zapponi created Bolides, a fantastic animated visualization of meteorites that have been seen hitting the Earth. The data source is the Nomenclature Committee of the Meteoritical Society's Meteorite Bulletin. "The word bolide comes from Greek βολίς bolis, which means missile. Astronomers tend to use bolide to identify an exceptionally bright fireball, particularly one that explodes." Bolides


  1. Watching the animation, there were a few exceptionally large bright dots, presumably larger mass.  They didn’t really match up with the list provided below the animation.  I wish there was a way to identify which ones the outliers were.

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