Researchers from Western University have released footage of a basketball-sized fireball that was seen widely by observers throughout southern Ontario and adjacent areas early Friday morning (Oct. 7).
Peter Brown, Canada Research Chair in Meteor Astronomy and a professor in Western’s Department of Physics & Astronomy, says that six all-sky cameras from Western’s Southern Ontario Meteor Network (SOMN) recorded a bright, long lasting fireball in the morning sky over Georgian Bay, moving on an easterly path across Parry Sound at 6:46 a.m. on Friday morning. The fireball was last detected in bright twilight by SOMN cameras over Algonquin Park at a height of 45 km.
First detected by Western camera systems at an altitude of 90km over Tobermory moving eastwards at 24 km/s, the meteoroid was initially roughly the size of a basketball. At its brightest, the fireball was almost as bright as the full moon. The long duration of the fireball (almost 10 seconds) was due to its very low entry angle (only 8 degrees from the horizontal). Small meteorites are possible from this fireball, but will be difficult to find in the terrain of Algonquin Park.
VIDEO: Western University’s Southern Ontario Meteor Network Oct. 7, 2016 Fireball Footage #1
VIDEO: Western University’s Southern Ontario Meteor Network Oct. 7, 2006 Fireball Footage #2
VIDEO: Western University’s Southern Ontario Meteor Network Oct. 7, 2016 Fireball Footage #3
For NASA coverage of the event, including Western video, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/NasaMeteorWatch/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf
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