From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul> Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 06:45:39 -0800 Fwd Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 11:23:15 -0500 Subject: Expert Confirms Meteor In Sunday's Sky Source: The Winnipeg Sun http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/WinnipegSun/News/2004/03/23/392062.html March 23, 2004 Expert confirms meteor in Sunday's sky By Katie Chalmers - Staff Reporter No, it wasn't an exploding airplane or an elaborate fireworks display. The bright fireball that lit up the night sky over Southern Manitoba on Sunday was a meteor, experts confirm. "Apparently, it was quite spectacular," said Scott Young, an astronomer with the Manitoba Museum. "It started off as a single body from outer space, hit our atmosphere and disintegrated." Meteors, which are pieces of rock from outer space which burn up in a puff of light, happen all the time but this one stood out because of its intensity and early-evening timing which ensured a widespread audience across Eastern Alberta, the prairies and into Ontario. "It looked like something I have never ever seen before," said Pinawa resident Clara Cooper, who was watching TV with her husband when she spotted the meteor through a living room window about 7:30 p.m. "The colours were so fantastic." UNUSUAL SIGHTING Witnesses from Oak Bank and Winnipeg were quick to report the unusual sighting to their local RCMP detachment or Transport Canada and fill up Young's voice mail at the planetarium. They reported seeing what looked like a comet with a blue light near the front and a long, blueish-green tail behind. "It was seen by literally hundreds of people," said researcher Chris Rutkowski. Young is asking anyone who videotaped the meteor to contact the planetarium so they can figure out where any pieces might have landed. He's bracing for a surge of potential meteorite findings from Manitoba farmers but chances are they're not the real deal. To date, there have only been seven meteorites ever found in Manitoba. "In 30 years, we've never had a single meteorite come through the door," said Young, adding the brighter-than-usual meteor likely stemmed from an asteroid instead of a comet.
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