Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Largest meteor in 10 years lights up Canada sky

A ten-ton meteor lit up the night sky in Canada recently, likely breaking up into hundreds of meteorites before reaching the ground, reports This was likely the largest meteor to descend on Canada in 10 years. The fireball was pretty awesome…

The slow-moving meteor (it was moving at 14 kilometers per second compared to an average 20 KPS for other meteors), was likely crumbling as it descended, so scientists aren't expecting a crater. However, they are looking for any remains they can, so they can calculate the meteor's "pre-fall orbit" (something scientists have only managed to do with nine meteors in the past).

There are just 175 known meteor craters around the world (the majority of which are more than 10,000 years old), 30 are in Canada.

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