From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul> Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 14:17:11 -0800 Fwd Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 09:22:54 -0500 Subject: Colourful Meteor Startles Prairie Watchers Source: CBC News http://www.cbc.ca Colourful meteor startles Prairie watchers Mon, 22 Mar 2004 7:27:44 WINNIPEG - Emergency officials had to reassure dozens of callers that a colourful fireball seen speeding across the sky over Manitoba and Saskatchewan Sunday night was not an exploding plane but likely a large meteor. * INDEPTH: Meteors RCMP Const. Patrick Therrien saw the streak of light as he left his detachment in Oakbank, Man., just east of Winnipeg. "You'd never see something like that in a lifetime," he told a local newspaper. "It was turquoise in colour and it was white in the front, just like in the movies -- a comet with a long tail." He and his partner watched the object break into two pieces as it fell to Earth. In Regina, about two dozen people called police within 20 minutes of the fireball appearing. Some described it as changing colour from orange to blue-green as it neared the ground. No planes were on a flight path anywhere near the spot where the blazing ball of light appeared. Calls also flooded the phone lines of Environment Canada offices, and the search and rescue headquarters at Trenton, Ont. A meteor is a small body of matter from outer space that becomes visible as an illuminated streak when it enters the earth's atmosphere and friction causes it to start burning. Any leftover material that reaches the ground is known as a meteorite.
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