Friday, December 05, 2008

Fireball over Edmonton

This is awesome. I wish I could have been one of the lucky ones to see this.



Explanation: What if you're driving down the street and an object from space shoots across the sky right in front of you? Such was the case last week for many people in south central Canada. Specifically, an extremely bright fireball, presumably a desk-sized meteor from deep space, flashed across the sky just after sunset on 2008 November 20. The bright fireball was recorded on many images and movies, including the spectacular video shown above that was captured by a dashboard camera of a police cruiser in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Because at least two streaks appear to be visible, the falling object likely broke up into pieces as it fell deep into Earth's atmosphere. By triangulating fireball images from several simultaneously recorded sources, astronomers hope to find an approximate orbit from whence the object came, as well as the likely place(s) on Earth where large pieces would have impacted, were they to have survived entry. In the best case scenario, pieces would be recovered from a known deep space comet or asteroid, giving humanity an unprecedented look at an ancient object that likely holds clues to the early years of our Earth and the Solar System.

5 comments:

tina FCD said...

I know! I would of loved to see that too.

Andrea said...

I think I would've had a heart attack if I had seen that in person. The way it lit up the sky was freaky.

Greg said...

I wish I could have seen that as well.
But ya know some religion took that awesome sight as a "sign". Sigh.

Doubtful Daughter said...

That is awesome! In my youth I would try to see if I could find out where it fell. Probably a lot farther out that it originally appears.

Cole said...

That was awesome!