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Canada: Meteor streaks across night sky over Alta. & Sask.

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posted on Feb, 22 2012 @ 04:19 PM

It was an extremely rare event, and for those who caught it Tuesday evening a once in a lifetime occurrence.

A meteor streaked across the sky above Alberta and Saskatchewan Tuesday night and created quite the buzz on social media.

It was a short-lived event, lasting only a few seconds around 8:40 PM, but for those who were lucky enough to catch it, it very exciting.

"You just don't see something like that" according to Wildwood resident Shayne Taylor, "You see falling stars and stuff, but this was a good sized ball."

Alan Hildebrand is the coordinator of the Canadian Fireball Reporting Centre, he said although meteors often due make it to the ground the chances of one hitting someone is slim.

"They slow down high up in the atmosphere and then it's just rocks falling through the sky. So if you were really unlucky one of these might land on your head and if that did happen it would be enough to kill you because even a rock the size of your first would do it."

The last time a meteor of this size fell from the sky in Western Canada was November of 2008, it became known as the Buzzard Coulee Meteorite.

Fragments of Tuesday night's meteor are believed to have landed in the north-western Saskatchewan near North Battleford.

CTV News Edmonton

Coming from Saskatchewan, this is amazing news! Please share your thoughts
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