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Synonyms for fireball

an especially luminous meteor (sometimes exploding)


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a highly energetic and indefatigable person

a ball of fire (such as the sun or a ball-shaped discharge of lightning)

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the luminous center of a nuclear explosion

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The strange deep diving, slow-moving fireballs vary in size from basketballs to buses and some are believed to have dropped meteorites.
IRISH skies have been hit with a second fireball - sparking a fresh hunt for a meteorite worth over 60 times its weight in gold.
Astronomy Ireland's David Moore urged anyone who saw the fireball to report it to them and encouraged people to search for the possible meteorites, worth EUR400 per gram.
The fireball data from military or surveillance assets have been of critical importance for assessing the impact hazard," said David Morrison, a Near Earth Object (NEO) scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center.
1 -- 2 -- color) Above, a huge fireball roils into the sky after the crash of a QF-4 Phantom II during the annual air show at Point Mugu Naval Air Weapons Station on Saturday.
Talking to Reuters, Lunsford said that fireballs are defined as meteors brighter than Venus, and can even be brighter than the sun, such as the one that exploded over south-west Russia on 15 February.
Such sightings are rare since few fireballs are bright enough to be visible in broad daylight, although the Sun is rather low in the sky at local noon at this time of the year.
Hildebrand, a co-ordinator of the Canadian Fireball Reporting Centre with the Canadian Space Agency, said fireballs can act as radio transmitters, causing odd sounds.
The Kappa Cygnid meteor stream peaked at the weekend and may emit bright fireballs.
In their analysis of data from one of RHIC's four detectors, Cramer and his coworkers have found indications, for instance, that the fireballs at RHIC expand to only about the same size as those produced by European collisions at much lower energy.
According to the American Meteor Society, meteors that are bright enough to be classified as fireballs streak past the Earth's sky every day.
Such fireballs may be frequent enough that systematic monitoring of amateur videos could detect more of them and measure their frequency.
THREE more men turned themselves into human fireballs yesterday in protest over the arrests of Iranian refugees in Paris.
Now, analyses by RHIC scientists show that show that their collider's subatomic fireballs closely resemble the expected plasma.