View the moment when a fireball & # 39; as bright as the full moon & # 39; over Ontario – as experts say you might find meteorites in the area
- A fireball shot through the air of Ontario on Wednesday morning at 2.44 p.m.
- Fizzled out near the town of Bancroft, where scientists say there may be meteorites
- Researchers say that these monsters can provide insight into the past of the solar system
A city in western Ontario can now be spotted with small pieces of space rock after a meteoroid had passed over this week and fell apart in the atmosphere.
Scientists who watched the All-Sky Camera Network at Western University saw a bright fireball that shot through Southern Ontario and Quebec on Wednesday morning at 2.44 pm ET and said it probably left a few pieces of itself behind.
The team is now calling on meteorite hunters in the area to look for fragments, because these monsters can provide an important insight into the history of our solar system.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A METEORITE
Meteorites usually stand out from other rocks due to their dark, often scalloped appearance.
They also tend to be magnetic.
Although not dangerous, it is best to handle meteorites with care to maintain their scientific value, according to Western University.
Place them in a clean plastic bag or wrap them in aluminum foil and handle as little as possible.
& # 39; This fireball has probably dropped a small number of meteorites in the Bancroft area, especially near the town of Cardiff, & # 39; said Peter Brown, professor of astronomy at the Western.
"We suspect that meteorites reached the ground because the fireball ended very low in the atmosphere just west of Bancroft and slowed down considerably.
"This is a good indicator that material has survived."
Researchers say the fireball first became visible when it was about 93 kilometers (58 miles) above the surface, above Lake Ontario.
It then passed Clarington before it bustled west of Bancroft.
Images of the phenomenon show that it was about as night as the full moon, with a series of torches before it went out.
"What was interesting about this – it was very, very clear, it came very deep into the atmosphere," says Brown.
& # 39; So we think there are actually rocks on the ground – meteorites – west of the city of Bancroft.
"We want people to go out and maybe try to find some of them," Brown added.
The meteor was estimated at the size of a small beach ball, or about 30 centimeters wide, and may have dropped several small fragments.
Scientists monitoring Western University's All-Sky Camera Network saw a bright fireball that shot through Southern Ontario and Quebec on Wednesday morning at 2.44 pm ET and said it probably left a few pieces of itself
These rocks, unlike others that can be found on the ground, often have a dark, scalloped appearance and will appear denser than others in the area.
They are also usually magnetic, the team notes.
"We are interested in trying to find meteorites where we have seen them come through the atmosphere because we can see where they come from, and that tells us something about how the solar system is formed," said Brown.
"It is almost as if we are conducting our own sample return from the asteroid belt, but the asteroids are coming towards us."
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SPACE ROCKS?
A asteroid is a large piece of rock that remains from collisions or the early solar system. Most are located between Mars and Jupiter in the main belt.
A comet is a rock covered with ice, methane and other compounds. Their orbits take them much further out of the solar system.
A meteor call astronomers a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris burns out.
This debris itself is known as one meteoroid. Most are so small that they are evaporated into the atmosphere.
When one of these meteoroids reaches the earth, it is called one meteorite.
Meteors, meteoroids and meteorites are normally from asteroids and comets.
For example, when the earth passes through the tail of a comet, much of the debris burns in the atmosphere and forms a meteor shower.
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