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DarkSky
09-26-2009, 02:14 PM
GTA residents spot blue-green meteor in night sky

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Residents across the GTA spotted a burning, bright light in the sky Friday night, prompting astronomers to suggest it was a meteor entering the area’s atmosphere.
The calls came flooding into CP24 shortly after 9 p.m. Viewers say they saw the sky light up while a green, burning ball with an orange tail travelled across the night sky. Police across the region say they were also flooded with calls.
People from Mississauga, Ajax, Collingwood and Brampton saw the object, some saying it appears to come within 200 feet of their homes.
A viewer from Ajax says she was facing west when she saw an object fly by in the sky. She said she saw it flying from the north east to the southwest corner of the city toward Lake Ontario.
CTV Toronto reporter Paul Bliss was sitting at a campfire near the QEW and Highway 427 when he saw the burning object. He said it appeared to be travelling from the west toward the east, south of where he was sitting.
Montreal astronomer Andrew Fazekas didn’t see the object, but said his website was flooded with reports of its appearance. He says it sounds as though the object was a meteor – also known as a shooting star – about the size of a basketball or a sofa.
“These things are usually the size of a grain of sand,” he added. “It would be very interesting to know if any of the rock did survive and make it to the ground. From the very spectacular description it sounds like it may have broken up.
“In a farmer’s field there could be fragments lying around that would be scientifically very important.”

DarkSky
09-26-2009, 04:07 PM
Sep 26, 2009 12:27 PM
Ann Hui
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<!-- ARTICLE CONTENT --> Frank Dempsey was driving to his observatory in North Ajax last night when he saw a bright green light illuminate the sky and road in front of him.
"It was far, far brighter than a full moon, and then disintegrated into red chunks and pieces within seconds," he said.
Dempsey, an amateur astronomer, immediately identified the light as a meteor, or fireball. The meteor was spotted just after 9 p.m. by skywatchers across the GTA and Ontario, and lasted just a few seconds.
Astronomer Randy Attwood, president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada's Mississauga branch, said that Friday night's spectacle was likely a bolide meteor. Bolides are larger, brighter meteors.
"Normally when you see a meteor, there's no time to turn to a friend and say `look at that,' because it doesn't last that long," Attwood said. "A bolide lasts a little longer."
Last night's clear skies helped with visibility, giving witnesses an unobstructed view of the sight.
Meteors are caused by dust or debris that enters the Earth's atmosphere and vaporizes in a burst of light.


[from The Star online]

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