A mysterious meteorite brought down a hail of fragments

On Wednesday, July 24, residents of the Great Lakes region witnessed an exciting spectacle: a huge flaming meteor swept through the evening sky. This fireball was seen by many, including the All-Sky Network of Western Ontario Universities. The most interesting thing is that, apparently, fragments of this meteorite fell to the ground, and now they can be found. This conclusion was made by Stephen Ehlert of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Agency (MEO) after analyzing a lot of surveillance cameras.

Peter Brown is a professor at the Canadian Department of Physics and Astronomy at UWO, specializing in the study of meteors and comets. Shortly after this event, he confirmed that 10 cameras of the Southern Ontario Meteor Network (SOMN) UWO recorded a bright fireball over western Ontario.

“This ball of fire probably dropped a small amount of meteorites in the Bancroft area, in particular, near the small town of Cardiff. We suspect that meteorites have reached the ground because the ball of fire has died out in the atmosphere too low, west of Bancroft, and has slowed significantly. This is a sure indicator that its components have survived, ”explains the scientist.

According to an analysis of videos and testimonies, a ball of fire first became visible south of Oshawa, Ontario (above Lake Ontario), at 6:44 GMT, when the meteorite was at an altitude of 93 km. It is believed that the diameter of the initial meteor was approximately 30 cm before it began to burn and collapse. The celestial body then traveled north through Clarington and west of Peterborough, and then flared west of Bancroft.

The fireball created by the meteor was bright as a full moon, and at the end of its flight many bright flashes formed. These were probably fragments that broke off and fell to the ground (the mass of each such fragment is from 0.1 to 1 gram, they are very small). Brown and his colleagues from UWO and the Royal Ontario Museum have now launched an entire search operation and are actively attracting locals to search for unexpected "gifts" from space.


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