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March 2014 Astronomers search for meteorite in southwestern Ontario

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    http://www.680news.com/2014/03/21/astronomers-search-for-meteorite-in-southwestern-ontario/

    "Astronomers from NASA and the University of Western Ontario are searching for pieces of a meteoroid near St. Thomas, Ontario – and they want your help.

    A bright fireball was seen in the evening sky over the northern shore of Lake Erie on Tuesday, the university said. At some points, it was as bright as the moon.

    The meteoroid, initially the size of a basketball, was large enough to have dropped meteorites in the area.

    One or more fragments of golf ball to softball-sized pieces may have reached the ground.

    If you saw anything strange in the sky on Tuesday or if you think you’ve found a meteorite, send a tweet to researchers @MediaWesternU."
     
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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/meteorite-search-in-st-thomas-ont-seeks-public-s-help-1.2580839
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    "Peter Brown, who specializes in the study of meteors and meteorites, says that on the evening of March 18 a long-lasting fireball was detected by seven all-sky cameras.

    The brilliant fireball started near Port Dover, Ont., at a height of 75 kilometres and moved westward before ending at an altitude of 32 kilometres between Aylmer, Ont., and St. Thomas. One or more meteorites were produced by the slow fireball based on the video records from the cameras.

    Researchers are interested in hearing from anyone approximately five kilometres north or northwest of St. Thomas, who may have witnessed or recorded the event, or who may have found possible fragments of the freshly fallen meteorite.

    In Canada, meteorites belong to the owner of the land upon which they are discovered.

    Meteorites may best be recognized by their dark and scalloped exterior, and are usually denser than normal rock and will often attract a fridge magnet due to their metal content."
     
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    Video.

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/stunning-fireball-seen-over-ontario-sparks-meteorite-hunt-1.1739388
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    "Stunning fireball seen over Ontario sparks meteorite hunt"

    " Researchers are interested in hearing from anyone approximately five kilometres north or northwest of St. Thomas, who may have witnessed or recorded the event, or who may have found possible fragments of the freshly fallen meteorite.

    In Canada, meteorites belong to the owner of the land upon which they are discovered"
     
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    "Rosetta Stone of scientific information."


    Peter Brown, who specializes in the study of meteors and meteorites, says a "fairly bright" fireball was detected March 18 by Western's network of all-sky cameras as it passed over southern Ontario.

    Researcher Phil McCausland says any pieces will likely be the size of a golf ball or a baseball and probably came down somewhere to the north or west of St. Thomas.

    He says if any such rock is to be found, it's likely a member of the public will find it and the researchers are urging those who do find something to contact the university
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    Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/meteorites...valuable-info-experts-1.1740105#ixzz2weIKl2BM
     
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    Fascinating! Thanks for posting! :)
     
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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-meteor-sighting-confirmed-by-expert-1.2631973
    Last Updated: May 05, 2014 9:15 AM ET


    "Dozens of residents in southern Ontario said they thought they saw a meteor streak across the sky Sunday afternoon, and an expert says there is little doubt that is what they spotted.

    "There are dash-cam videos I've seen already posted to the internet that ... clearly show what I would say is unequivocally a meteor," said Peter Brown, a professor at Western University in London, Ont., who studies meteors and meteorites."

    Meteor (possibly) near Toronto, Ontario, Canada - YouTube
     
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    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2014/05/05/21650221.html

    "Once a meteorite is found it has to be classified and named. It will also be appraised to determine its worth.

    Anyone who believes they may have found pieces of the meteorite can call Wilson at 807-620-5506.

    The American Meteor Society pegged the Peterborough fireball as happening at 4:16 p.m. Sunday “with a brightness rivalling the sun.”

    The Society estimates the starting point of the meteor to be around the Warkworth area of Northumberland County, ending around the Stirling area of Quinte West."
     

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