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Remains of Fiery Meteor Found in Western Canada

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posted on Nov, 29 2008 @ 06:29 AM
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LLOYDMINSTER, Alberta — Scientists said Friday they had found remains of a meteor that illuminated the sky before falling to earth in western Canada earlier this month.

University of Calgary scientist Alan Hildebrand and graduate student Ellen Milley found several meteor fragments near the Battle River along the rural Alberta-Saskatchewan border, near the city of Lloydminster late Thursday.

They said there could be thousands of meteorite pieces strewn over a 7-square-mile area of mostly flat, barren land, with few inhabitants.

Residents in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta have been buzzing about the huge fireball that lit up the night sky over the three provinces on Nov. 20. Witnesses reported hearing sonic boom rumblings and said the fiery flash was as bright as the sun.

Hildebrand, who also coordinates meteor sightings with the Canadian Space Agency, estimated the meteor could have been seen from as far as 434 miles away, into the northern United States.

Widely broadcast video images of the meteor showed what appeared to be a speeding fireball that became larger and brighter before disappearing as it neared the ground.

The meteor contained about one-tenth of a kiloton of energy when it entered the earth's atmosphere, roughly the equivalent of 100 tons of the chemical explosive TNT.

"It would be something like a billion-watt light bulb," said Hildebrand.

The meteor has captured the imagination of sky watchers around the world.

Robert Haag, a space rock collector from Arizona, offered up to $9,700 for the first one-kilogram chunk of the meteor that is found.



posted on Nov, 29 2008 @ 06:33 AM
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Cool find, thanks for the post



posted on Nov, 29 2008 @ 06:38 AM
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Wow meteors hit earth every day but as far as i know its usually just tiny ones and nothing even close to the one that happened and i bet that it looked amazing and i wish i could've been their to see it happen

but im not screaming conspiracy here or anything like that but how come i havnt seen anything on the news about this atall i have only heard of this from ATS surely a fireball coming outta the sky would've got atleast some coverage even though it was i am in a different country(England) also i wonder what secrets the fragmets of meteor rock holds hopefully something interesting



posted on Nov, 29 2008 @ 06:56 AM
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Originally posted by Anti - Government
- - - im not screaming conspiracy here or anything like that but how come i havnt seen anything on the news about this at all i have only heard of this from ATS surely a fireball coming outta the sky would've got atleast some coverage even though it was i am in a different country(England) - - -


Well, maybe you were asleep!

Times Online:

Space Weather website video:

The Telegraph:

etc., etc.

And now they've recovered meteorite fragments

WG3


[edit on 29-11-2008 by waveguide3]



posted on Nov, 29 2008 @ 08:26 AM
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Cool. Thanks for posting that.



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