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Colourful Meteor Startles Prairie Watchers

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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