[meteorite-list] Fireball in sky likely meteoroid

From: Mike Farmer <farmerm_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:48:09 2004
Message-ID: <3BBBEB09.AE998F41_at_concentric.net>

Holy crap, dont you know what today is! It is the Martian meteorite day, Zagami and Shergotty fell today! The 3rd of October is thought to be
when we pass through a Martian debris field! You better go get that sucker and smuggle it out of Canada fast.
Mike Farmer

Roman Jirasek wrote:

> This I missed! And if I were looking up, I would have seen it.
> There was also a small write-up in the Toronto Sun.
> Roman Jirasek
> Wednesday, October 3, 2001
> Fireball in sky likely meteoroid, astronomy expert believes
> By PETER GEIGEN-MILLER-- London Free Press
> LONDON, ON -- A bright light that flashed across the sky in the London
> region might have been caused by a fairly large meteoroid, a University of
> Western Ontario astronomy professor says.
> John Landstreet, whose interests include meteorites, asteroids and comets,
> said the kind of flash of light described by witnesses over a wide area is
> typical of a rock ranging in size from a football to a garbage can burning
> up in the atmosphere.
> Provincial police reported calls about the phenomenon from the St. Thomas
> area, Kerwood and Poplar Hills. Reports to The Free Press came from the
> Strathroy and Mt. Brydges areas.
> It was described as a blue and yellow flame accompanied by a ground-shaking
> boom.
> Mike Suto, a Straffordville resident, said he was sitting on his front porch
> when a fireball soared northwest through the sky about 7:40 p.m.
> "It had a tail to it and white smoke," Suto said. "It appeared to burn up
> and it looked like things were dropping off."
> Suto said he heard no noise but other witnesses did.
> Landstreet said this kind of space rock would come screaming into the
> atmosphere at 20 to 30 kilometres a second -- fast enough to travel from
> London to Toronto in 10 seconds.
> "It slams into the atmosphere very hard. There's an awful lot of energy
> dissipated and the thing gets really hot . . . and boils of most of its
> material. It's typically really bright for a few seconds."
> Landstreet would be interested in recovering pieces of the object if any are
> found.
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