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Fireball over Canada

  1. Nov 23, 2008 #1

    russ_watters

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    An extremely bright meteor fireball was seen over Edmonton a few nights ago. It was caught on a police dashboard camera:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=bFwCrsYzDKo&feature=related
    http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/space/2008-11-23-meteor-canada_N.htm

    Very cool.
     
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  4. Nov 23, 2008 #3
    very interesting
     
  5. Nov 23, 2008 #4

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    I got a pretty good look at it....It was amazing!.......I've never seen a tool kit explode like that before!:bugeye:
     
  6. Nov 24, 2008 #5

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    Have any fragments been found?
     
  7. Nov 24, 2008 #6

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    That was impressive. I saw what I thought was quite a large one about a week ago. It glowed green but it certainly didn't light the place up.
     
  8. Nov 24, 2008 #7

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    That's the one I have mentioned during chat.
     
  9. Nov 24, 2008 #8

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    I guessed :biggrin:
     
  10. Nov 24, 2008 #9
    In Madrid, Spain, three years ago I saw one of this when I was driving to home with some friends in the night. It was shocking, I never thougt I could see one of them during my live
     
  11. Nov 24, 2008 #10

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    I have seen something similar somewhere in mid-nineties over north Poland, but it wasn't completely dark yet and meteor was far and high, so not that bright.
     
  12. Nov 24, 2008 #11

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    It would certainly seem that there would be an impact point given the illumination all the way to the ground.
     
  13. Nov 24, 2008 #12

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    Philosphically - if a rock falls in central Saskatchewan does anyone care?
     
  14. Nov 24, 2008 #13

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    Depends on the size of the rock that lands...:biggrin:

    Most impressive, must have made quite a dent where it landed. Any idea how big it mnust have been - must be quite large to get so bright and survive the journey through thge atmosphere?

    TFM
     
  15. Nov 24, 2008 #14

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    Not an expert but I think they can appear brighter if they break up into pieces but stay on the same course. Your eye registers the size * brightness of a cluster of unresolved points.
     
  16. Nov 26, 2008 #15

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    Just saw a news update and the still haven't foudn any fragments. They are asking owners of local service stations, and other places that have serveilance cameras, to keep there tapes. They hope to use the different angles to triangulate a probable location for the debris field. Add to that the fact that th erock appeared to be flaming on the way down, and there was some snow on the ground that night (which would leave large indentations), they should be able to find some bits pretty quick. There will certainly be pelnty of people searching; those frags can be worth a lot of money.
     
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  18. Dec 4, 2008 #17

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    Just saw it on the news a couple days ago (my 'puter crashed and I just got back online today); they have found the debris field and retieved several frags already.
     
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