“Amazing” fireball seen shooting in night sky – .

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“Amazing” fireball seen shooting in night sky – .


MONTREAL – Astronomers in parts of Quebec and Ontario were treated to a spectacular spectacle on Friday night: a mysterious “fireball” bursting into the night sky.

A cottage owner near Sainte-Agathe described a fluorescent green ball with a red tail, visible for about five seconds, with some Twitter users describing the ball as bright blue.

Marc Andrew, who is at Epiphany, told CTV he saw a bright orange and red ball coming from the northwest.

“I saw shooting stars, but I didn’t see anything like it,” he said, adding, “It was exactly like what you see in the movies. “

Paul Simard is president of the RASC Center in Montreal, which is part of a pan-Canadian network under the banner of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He didn’t see the fireball but said it was probably a meteor.

“Observations indicated that it appeared blue so it may have a high concentration of magnesium, or it may have entered very quickly (a meteor that comes in very quickly shines brighter and is more bluish than the slower ones that come in very quickly.” are more reddish), ”he said.

Karim Jaffer, professor of physics and astronomy at John Abbott College, explained in more detail what the different colors suggest.

“The bluish color indicates a high magnesium content, and the red / orange color that has also been reported would show some oxygen / nitrogen content and possibly sodium as well. The iron would give a yellow tint, ”said Jaffer, who said if you see green flashing it would mean magnesium, iron and maybe nickel.

The reports of the event pointed at around 10:40 p.m.

Ironically, the meteor sighting comes at the worst time of the month to see meteor activity, according to the American Meteor Society.

“During this period, the moon reaches its full phase on Sunday August 22,” author Robert Lunsford wrote on the AMS website. “At this time, the moon is in front of the sun and stays above the horizon all night. This is the worst time of the month to try and see meteor activity as the bright moon will obscure all but the brightest meteors. ”

Lunsford wrote “Meteor and How to Observe Them” in 2009, and said AMS had received 43 reports of the fireball, which he said was a bigger and brighter meteor than normal. He said he was moving in a NNW to SSE direction over an area between Ottawa and Montreal.

“Most people only see one or two of these fireballs per life because they only last a few seconds,” he said.

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