Video: Meteor blazes across the sky in Western Canada

November 21, 2008

Alberta (ChattahBox) — Many have reported and captured footage of a fireball shooting across the sky along with hearing a loud “bang” in Western Canada on Thursday at 5.30pm (Video below after the jump). The spectacular and almost blindingly bright meteor sparked a flurry of emergency calls to the police after it lit up the skies leaving onlookers across the province of Alberta in awe. Witnesses describing a kaleidoscope of colors as the rock rapidly descended. Officials say the meteor might not have actually touched ground.

Space educator Randy Atwood said, “There’s a very good chance it was what we call a bull’s eye, which is a meteorite crossing the sky at extremely quick velocity — very, very fast — and as it hits the atmosphere at about 400,000 feet, traveling at about 60 kilometres per second, this is the incredible light show that it creates.”

He added that the meteor was probably no bigger than a grapefruit! And it might have actually broken down into smaller pieces before hitting the ground or burning up before touching land.

Atwood added, “It was a beautiful show and some people might have thought it was just over the hill, and that it was the size of a house.”


Comments

One Response to “Video: Meteor blazes across the sky in Western Canada”

  1. Ashley on November 24th, 2008 9:02 pm

    Are we goin to die in 2012 i will bw in the 12th grade and i really dont want to die i have my whole life ahead of me there is so much for me to do and to become when i get out of high school.

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