Meteor detection/prediction: One over Toronto, ON, Canada

In summary, a fireball was seen in the early hours of Saturday morning in Toronto, Canada, and was successfully predicted by the European Space Agency. Debris might be found around Niagara Falls.
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A vibrant fireball that flashed across the night sky in the early hours of Saturday morning passed over the skyline of Toronto, Canada, before colliding with Earth near Niagara Falls.
https://news.yahoo.com/videos-captured-fireball-flashing-across-041651291.html
The European Space Agency said the event marked only the sixth time in history the impact of a space object with Earth was successfully predicted. The agency said while most asteroid collisions with Earth are only discovered after the fact from evidence like craters, the number of occasions in which a space rock is detected before it strikes is growing.

In fact, all six detections have taken place since 2008, according to ESA, which said continued improvement in sky scanning telescopes will likely make detection of smaller objects — which frequently strike Earth — more common.

Large asteroids, on the other hand, are much easier to spot.

Saturday's fireball was anticipated by amateur and professional astronomers in the hours before it struck. The Minor Planet Center, which monitors asteroids, said a fast-moving object was detected by the Mount Lemmon Survey near Tucson, Arizona, triggering a "warning of an imminent impact."

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The MPC said seven observatories were able to spot the object before it entered the Earth's atmosphere at around 3:27 a.m. ET over Brantford, Ontario. The object was less than 1 meter in size, according to the ESA.

Debris might be found around Niagara Falls. I don't know if that is Ontario or NY Side. I wonder if it his the water, or on land.
 
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Debris might be found around Niagara Falls. I don't know if that is Ontario or NY Side. I wonder if it his the water, or on land

cheers

Had an online meteorite sale in the weekend and several of my felloe collectors were
pondering at trip to the region. The only thing putting them off was the excessive snow
cover that would make it almost impossible to find anything

update ... well at least one has arrived out there
my friend "Meteorite Man" Steve Arnold

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looking freakin cold !
 
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Have you added to your collection lately?
 
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Have you added to your collection lately?
hey mate

trust you are well. Hope your daughter hasn't been adding too many more grey hairs to you lately hahahah

Yes, another 14 new mets added last weekend at the Zoom online sale run by a friend of mine out of Arizona
There were about 27 of us attending and buying all sorts of meteorites :smile:
 
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Hope your daughter hasn't been adding too many more grey hairs to you lately
Not lately. But am hopeful she'll do well on her single engine commercial check-ride this coming Monday 12-5-22.
 
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Related to Meteor detection/prediction: One over Toronto, ON, Canada

1. How do scientists detect meteors over Toronto, ON, Canada?

Scientists use a variety of methods to detect meteors over Toronto, ON, Canada. One common method is through the use of radar systems, which can track the trajectory and speed of incoming meteors. Another method is through the use of telescopes, which can capture images and data of meteors as they enter Earth's atmosphere.

2. Can scientists predict when a meteor will appear over Toronto, ON, Canada?

While scientists can make educated guesses about when a meteor shower may occur, predicting the exact time and location of a single meteor over Toronto, ON, Canada is not currently possible. Meteors are highly unpredictable and can appear at any time and in any location in the sky.

3. Are there any tools or technologies used to aid in meteor detection and prediction over Toronto, ON, Canada?

Yes, there are several tools and technologies that aid in meteor detection and prediction over Toronto, ON, Canada. These include radar systems, telescopes, and specialized software programs that can analyze data and track the trajectory of meteors.

4. How do scientists use data from meteor detection to better understand the composition and origins of meteors?

Scientists use data collected from meteor detection to study the composition and origins of meteors. This data can provide valuable information about the chemical makeup of meteors, as well as their trajectory and speed, which can help scientists determine where they originated from in space.

5. Is there any potential danger to humans from meteors over Toronto, ON, Canada?

The likelihood of a meteor causing harm to humans over Toronto, ON, Canada is very low. Most meteors burn up in Earth's atmosphere before reaching the ground. However, larger meteors or meteorites can potentially cause damage if they do make it to the ground, but the chances of this happening are extremely rare.

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