Although I am still in Las Vegas enjoying the Thanksgiving aftermath, I wanted to give an update of the Canadian fireball that dramatically exploded over the Saskatchewan skies last week.
Having read though some of the updates across the space blogosphere, I thought it would be good to give the event a brief run-down via the pile of space blogs that have been following this surprise explosion and resulting discovery of meteorite fragments near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan…
Over at the Universe Today, Nancy Atkinson reports:
On Nov. 27, planetary scientist Dr. Alan Hildebrand from the University of Calgary and graduate student Ellen Milley brought reporters to a site where they have found numerous meteorite fragments from the bolide that streaked across the sky in Western Canada on Nov. 20. The area where the meteroite fragments were found is called Buzzard Coulee, about 40 kilometers from the town of Lloydminster, on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. There, around a frozen pond, numerous small rocks and pebbles could be seen that the scientists said were from the meteorite. No large chunks were spotted, however, reporters said.
Bad Astronomer Phil Plait also reports that pieces of the bolide meteorite must have have been pretty big. “The object that came in must have weighed several tons, so there should be plenty of meteorites to be found. This is very cool, obviously because it’s always good to get new samples,” Phil remarks.
Alan Dire at What’s up Astronomy perhaps had the best perspective of the event however, getting a ringide seat and plenty of attention from the media as a result. He also gives a great review of what happened and where the meteoroid came from:
Around here, in Alberta we have a long tradition for tracking meteors and finding the rocks they drop onto Earth — meteorites. The flat prairie is a good place to find rocks that fall from the sky. But while we’ve had several red alerts in the last few years — bright meteors that start the phones ringing off the hooks — none have paid off by resulting in meteorites actually being recovered. Search areas too ill-defined or terrain too difficult have made it impossible to find what is quite literally a needle in a very big haystack.
Dave Mosher, the Discovery Space editor at Space Disco, also highlights Alan Dire’s fireball article in his weekly podcast. Be sure to check out Dave’s podcast as he gives a great review of the week’s goings on in space…
OK, so I’m off the check out the Strip now, but I’ll be back at full blogging speed tomorrow! For now, have a look at the links in my blogroll (on the right) to get your space science fix from the vast number of high quality space blogs out there.