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article imageFireball lights the sky over concert in Salta, Argentina (video)

By Anne Sewell     Apr 23, 2013 in Science
Salta - As the folk music band "Los Tekis" performed at an outdoor venue, a suspected meteor lit up the night sky early on Sunday in Salta, Argentina. Just as they finished their song, the sky lit up like day.
The incident was caught on an amateur video of the concert. It certainly gave an impressive display as the band finished their song.
Local media reports that the bright flash was also seen in the city of Santiago del Estero, which is approximately 400 kilometers (250 miles) to the south of Salta.
Occurring at around 3:30 am local time, Argentine news outlets report that "The sky lit up completely for a couple of seconds and interrupted the calm in this area of Argentina."
Witnesses in Catamarca, Tucuman and Santiago del Estero also reported sightings of the possible meteor.
According to Jorge Cochlan, director of the Astronomical Observatory of Santa Fe, the object could have been a space rock about 20 centimeters (8 inches) in diameter that entered the atmosphere at high speed. "This object disintegrated at an altitude high enough to be seen for hundreds of miles," Coghlan said.
This was a smaller incident than that which occurred in Russia when an asteroid came apart on February 15, which was 176 meters in diameter and caused a shock wave that blew out windows and injured more than 1,000 people.
At around the same time a meteorite-like object hit Cienfuegos in Cuba and more recently there were reports of a fireball over Central Spain which caused no damage or injury.
No injuries were reported in the wake of the Argentine fireball.
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