Meteor may have crashed in Ontario

LONDON, Ontario, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- The University of Western Ontario Meteor Group says it has captured, for the second time this year, rare video footage of a meteor falling to Earth.

The university's physics and astronomy department astronomers said the fireball might have dropped meteorites in a region north of Guelph, Ontario.


The university's network of cameras that scan the sky for meteors was activated Oct. 15 at 5:28 a.m. by a bright, slow fireball in the pre-dawn sky.

"This event was a relatively slow fireball that made it far into the Earth's atmosphere," Associate Professor Peter Brown and postdoctoral researcher Phil McCausland said in a statement. "Most meteoroids burn up by the time they hit an altitude of 60 or 70 kilometers (37 to 43 miles) from the ground. This one was tracked … to an altitude of about 37 kilometers (22 miles) and it slowed down considerably, so there is a possibility that at least one and possibly several small meteorites made it to the ground."

In March, the network of all-sky cameras captured video of a falling meteor that might have crashed into Canada's Parry Sound area.


McCausland is to travel to the Guelph area this week to investigate.

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