SCIENTISTS ASK RESIDENTS IN NIAGARA REGION TO LOOK FOR METEOR PIECES

Nov 22, 2022

By Christine Ross

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People in the Niagara Region will want to look for pieces of a meteorite that crashed in the area on the weekend.

It weighed 500 kilograms and was less than a metre across when it entered Earth’s atmosphere early Saturday morning.

People living in the area between Toronto to Hamilton heard the sonic boom as it moved about 40 times the speed of sound before it broke up in the atmosphere.

Western University physicist Peter Brown  believes small pieces made it to the south shore of Lake Ontario, around Grimsby and larger pieces landed north of St. Catharines.

A group researchers surveyed the area looking for the space rocks over the weekend, but they couldn’t find anything due to the snowy weather.

Geophysics doctoral student David Clark drove to the predicted fall area and managed to see the fireball near Niagara-on-the-Lake at the intersection of Hwy 403 and Niagara Regional Road 55.

“It passed right overhead at the predicted time and was distinctly green in colour,” said Clark. “Several minutes later a noticeable sonic boom could be heard.”

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