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Explanation: What if you're driving down the street and an object from space shoots across the sky right in front of you? Such was the case last week for many people in south central Canada. Specifically, an extremely bright fireball, presumably a desk-sized meteor from deep space, flashed across the sky just after sunset on 2008 November 20. The bright fireball was recorded on many images and movies, including the spectacular video shown above that was captured by a dashboard camera of a police cruiser in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Because at least two streaks appear to be visible, the falling object likely broke up into pieces as it fell deep into Earth's atmosphere. By triangulating fireball images from several simultaneously recorded sources, astronomers hope to find an approximate orbit from whence the object came, as well as the likely place(s) on Earth where large pieces would have impacted, were they to have survived reentry. In the best case scenario, pieces would be recovered from a known deep space comet or asteroid, giving humanity an unprecedented look at an ancient object that likely holds clues to the early years of our Earth and the Solar System.
Space enthusiasts are heading to small communities near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border hoping for a chunk of the meteor that streaked across the prairie sky last Thursday night.
Well-known Arizona meteorite collector Robert Haag is offering $10,000 for the first one-kilogram chunk of the fallen meteor.
"The first piece that is found, I am immediately catching the first plane to Canada with a pocket full of money," he said Monday.
Haag, who suspects meteorites could be found somewhere in the Macklin, Sask., area near the Alberta border, said he won't be alone.
"It's a happening. It's like Woodstock. It's Rockstock," he said. "Take your trucks and campers, hitch up your horses, do what you need to do and let's find it."
Computer imaging technology already used extensively in forestry could lead the search for meteorite craters.
LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) imagery originally taken for forestry purposes was used to discover the Whitecourt meteorite crater late last month and the technology is believed to be able to uncover many more hidden craters.
“One of the things in terms of using this technology is being able to look for other craters and there's a prediction based on modelling that says there should be other craters on the surface of the earth that should be of the same age range,” said University of Alberta researcher Chris Herd.
Currently, there are only 175 craters known worldwide with less than 10 sites being under 10,000 years old. The Whitecourt crater is only the 30th crater found in Canada and deemed to be the youngest.
Originally posted by internosRobert Haag is offering $10,000 for the first one-kilogram chunk of the fallen meteor.
The last time a specimen of the Willamette meteorite sold at auction, it brought nearly eight times its weight in the price of gold today. This is an extremely important offering; a singular specimen of a preeminent meteorite. 246 x 279 x 158mm (9.5 x 11 x 6.25 inches) and 13.399 kilos (29.5 pounds).
$1,100,000 – 1,300,000
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by zorgon
I bet them babies lit up the sky! Do you know if any of them were observed on entry?
This huge piece of iron, known as Ahnighito, is actually just one portion of a much larger meteorite that fell to Earth from space. It landed in Greenland thousands of years ago, before any people lived there. The original meteorite, called Cape York, was initially around 200 tons—at least six times the size of Ahnighito—before it broke apart in the atmosphere. Two other fragments of Cape York can also be seen in this hall. At 34 tons, Ahnighito is the largest meteorite on display in any museum.
The Willamette Meteorite was discovered in the Willamette Valley of Oregon near the modern city of West Linn. Although apparently known to Native Americans, its modern discovery was made by settler Ellis Hughes in 1902. At that time the land was owned by the Oregon Iron and Steel Company. Hughes recognized the meteorite's significance, and in an attempt to claim ownership, secretly moved it to his own land. This involved 90 days of hard work to cover the 3/4 mile (1200 m) distance. The move was discovered, and after a lawsuit, the Oregon Supreme Court held that Oregon Iron and Steel Company was the legal owner.
Possible meteor streaks across B.C. sky
Some lucky people across B.C. were treated to an amazing light show Tuesday afternoon when a bright object streaked across the twilight sky.
Three witnesses in the Vancouver area told CBC News they saw the object blaze through the sky around 4:35 p.m. PT., for about one or two seconds.
"I looked up just above Grouse [Mountain] and [it] was as if a Roman candle came rushing across the profile," Derek Lunden said.
"There was this rocket kind of looking object going from the east to west. It didn't look real," Jim Allen said.
"The front was breaking up into two or three little bits that were sparkling, and then it just fizzled right out," said John Martin.
Originally posted by Ghost147
Im not sure if anyone caught Daily Planet last night (an educational show on science and technology on the Discovery Channel), But they talked a good 10 minutes or so on their hour long show about the fireball over edmonton. sorry i cant remember it completely, ill search for it on their site and youtube.
they also stated that it is very possible that the fireball actually did make an impact and may be the size of a desk.
[edit on 26/11/08 by Ghost147]
Originally posted by Ghost147
they also stated that it is very possible that the fireball actually did make an impact
Originally posted by Ghost147
and may be the size of a desk.
Originally posted by C.H.U.D.
The object which caused this fireball was probably no bigger than 1-2m , perhaps 3m...