On Tuesday night, a rare sighting of a meteor was captured above the southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan sky. A weather camera located in Brandon recorded the meteor streaking across the sky northwest of the city. A bright light can be seen soaring through the air before disappearing behind distant houses.
Sightings of the meteor were also reported in parts of North Dakota and southern Saskatchewan. A planetarium astronomer at the Manitoba Museum Scott Young said normally meteors or fallings stars are about the grain of sand, but this was different. Young explained, “the one that came in yesterday was probably more about the size of a basketball, … So much, much bigger in size and that’s why it became much, much brighter.”
He said the meteor eventually burned out above Humboldt, Saskatchewan and any pieces left probably feel north of Regina. Meteorite hunters are likely to head out in search of anything that is left. This is the 13th meteorite recorded in Manitoba.
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