[meteorite-list] NPA 02-07-1977 Hunt for fireball proves fruitless - Innisfree Meteorite

From: MARK BOSTICK <thebigcollector_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Oct 7 13:23:15 2004
Message-ID: <BAY4-F14f9hYDkngMUJ000385dd_at_hotmail.com>

Paper: Lethbridge Herald
City: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Date: Monday, February 7, 1977
Page: 2

Hunt for fireball proves fruitless

     FORT SASKATCHEWAN (CP) - RCMP launched a search Saturday night to track
down an illusive meteorite after they received 15 calls about a fireball
hitting the earth near Chipman, about 20 miles east of here.
     A police spokesman said two constables were sent out to look for the
meteorite but they found nothing.
     Prof. Robert E. Folinsbee, professor of geology at the University of
Alberta and member of the associate committee on meteorites of the National
Research Council, said Sunday he doubted the fireball reached the ground.
     "The fireball was moving too fast through the atmosphere, judging from
the brightness of the light, and it seems it burned up before hitting the
earth's crust," Prof. Folinsbee said. "I don't think we'll be finding a
meteorite ( a fireball or shooting star is called a meteorite if it hits the
earth) in this case."
     Film from five meteorite observation cameras at Vegreville will be
developed later this week.
     Each camera, operated by the National Research Council, has five lenses
facing different directions. They are activated by bight, fast moving
objects in the earth's atmosphere. A timing device is also activated,
breaking up the passage of a fireball or shooting star.
     According to Prof. Folinsbee meteorites are not "too uncommon" in
     The largest was found near Bruderheim, almost 35 miles northeast of
Edmonton in 1960. Another large one was located near Peace River in 1964.


Today's newspaper postings are on the Innisfree Meteorite. This stone was
classified as a L5 Stone Chondrite. The meteorite fell February 5, 1977 at
7:17am local time. 9 pieces in total were recovered totaling 4.58kg. PDF
copies are available upon e-mail request on these three, and the other
Innisfree article that is viewable on my website, and was posted to the list
over a year ago by me.

(updated) Innisfree newspaper archive page:

Clear Skies,
Mark Bostick
Received on Thu 07 Oct 2004 01:22:11 PM PDT

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