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Meteor Streaks Across The Canadian Sky.

The videos above are shots of the a meteor that crossed Calgary. The footage was captured by various doorbell phones and other devices.

We have to say that we would have been simultaneously awed and freaked out by this event.

From CTV News:

CALGARY — Early rising Albertans with an eye to the sky got a treat Monday morning.

A massive, but short-lived fireball streaked across the sky at 6:24 am.

Seconds later what lit up the sky was lighting up social media as people started reviewing their security cameras and dashcams and posting the video they caught.

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The fireball was sighted from as far east as Saskatchewan and west to to B.C., and south to north from Montana to High Prairie, where it was visible nearly directly overhead

According to Calgary astronomer Don Hladiuk , a good rule of thumb is the closer a fireball is to the horizon the further away it is.

“If it’s straight up over top of you, it’s very close by,” said Hladiuk, adding that those near where it broke apart in the atmosphere may have heard it as well.

“So if anyone north of Edmonton heard sounds … like sonic booms, or a staccato, or you know, smaller booms, almost like firecrackers, they may have actually been very close to where meteorites may have fallen,” Hladiuk said.

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University of Calgary planetary scientist Alan Hildebrandt told CTV he estimates the size of the meteor that caused the fireball was about the “size of a beachball”, and said the fact it burned out very quickly may mean there may be little debris left to find.

But U of A space researcher Patrick Hill hasn’t ruled it out just yet

“We’re hopeful in a couple days we should have some information,” said Hill who helps manage a network of cameras across North America that monitor the sky for meteors. “There’s numerous different scientific questions that we can answer through these investigations. But to do that, being able to retrieve the rocks as soon as possible is optimal.”

Hill says freshly fallen meteors usually look different than the surrounding rocks in the landscape.

“Meteorites are denser than average rock, so they should have good heft to them. They can also be magnetic,” said Hill. “They are usually dark brown and black, and they can be smooth on their exterior due to gas that is a result of it entering and passing through the atmosphere. “

Hill asks people who sighted the meteor, or who have video of it to report their encounter to the American Meteor Society.




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