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A Dictionary of Astronomy
Ian RidpathIan Ridpath

A fireball accompanied by one or more audible explosions, often associated with meteorite falls. The initial explosion is the sonic boom of the leading mass; smaller detonations follow if there are several major fragments. Many shock waves may be set up if considerable fragmentation occurs, causing a rumbling noise which follows the first major fragmentation.... ...

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