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Moon punched in the face by meteorite; impact produced brightest flash of light ever seen from Earth

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A meteorite as large as 4-1/2 feet (1.5 meters) in diameter smashed into the moon in September, producing the brightest flash of light ever seen from Earth, astronomers said this week.

Similarly sized objects pummel Earth daily, though most are destroyed as they plunge through the planet's atmosphere. NASA says about 100 tons of material from space enter Earth's atmosphere every day.

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