April 22, 2022 06:36 GMT+7
Visitors from space have landed in central Ontario, Canada after lighting up the sky.
Many locals spotted fireballs lighting up the night sky north of Toronto. About 30 witnesses reported the arrival of ‘travelers’ from space to Earth to the Meteor Society of America.
This may sound like the opening scene in a sci-fi movie, but it’s absolutely true. According to experts, after lighting up the sky, the meteorite may have landed in central Ontario, Canada.
A sky-tracking system in the Southern Ontario meteor network captured the moment the fireball shot through the sky and landed on Earth.
A meteorite is a piece of dust, rock, and ice that floats in space and when it enters the atmosphere at high speed, it burns up, creating a visible light in the sky.
It is estimated that the meteorite that fell on Ontario has a mass of about 10 kg, a width of about 15-20 cm.
Denis Vida, meteor expert at Western University in Ontario, said: “This fireball is particularly important because it moves slowly, orbits the asteroid, and ends up very low in the atmosphere. These are all good signs that matter exists and can be found when it falls to Earth.”
From the network of cameras recording the meteor, the fireball glowed at an altitude of about 29 km, then the meteorite fell to the ground east of Lake Simcoe, covering an area about 2 km long and 0.5 km wide. .
Researchers are interested in meteorites and fall locations to find and collect. Studying them helps to gain more information about where they came from, the formation and evolution of the solar system.
However, finding meteorites that fell to Earth is not an easy task. So far, people have detected many fireballs in the sky, but only a few of them fell to Earth and found meteorites.
The traces left have the same appearance as many rocks on Earth, often covered by trees. Therefore, it takes luck and a keen eye and expert testing confirmation with exact knowledge.
Researchers at Western University and the Royal Ontario Museum shared information and waited for locals in the area where the meteorite fell, if found, to send it back to the authorities. Meteorites are not harmful, but experts warn that they should be stored in a clean plastic bag or wrapped in aluminum foil.
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