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Catch a Falling Star in Bali

New Year Marked by Meteor Landing in Gianyar District of Bali.

(1/5/2008) On Wednesday, January 2, 2008, a meteor crashed to earth near the community of Glumpang, near Sukawati in the Gianyar Regency of Bali. The meteor strike, which occurred at around 1:00 a.m. local time, was accompanied by flashes of light and loud explosions when it landed in the fields of Nyoman Miasa.

The meteor created a small crater some 30 centimeters deep and one meter across, but caused no property damage or personal injury when it landed.

Police cordoned off the area while researchers from the National Astronomical and Astrophysics Department of the Indonesian Space Agency (LAPN) searched for and recovered pieces of the meteor for further study to determine if the "landing" was a true meteorite or part of a man-made satellite re-entering the earth's atmosphere.

No residual radiation has been recorded at the impact site.

The local village chief (Kelian), I Made Tekek, has declared the meteorite strike near his village as an omen of a prosperous year ahead, especially given the incident's timing with the change of the year.

Experts advise that hundreds of meteors strike the earth every month, many unnoticed due to their small size and the remote location of impact. Large meteors, such as the one that struck Siberia on June 30, 1908, devastated hundreds of square miles of forests with an explosion creating energy waves equivalent to that of a nuclear device.