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Expert Confirms Meteor In Sunday's Sky

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


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."


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

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

"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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