February 27, 2021 12:45pm
Should you witnessed a brilliant gentle flash throughout the sky Friday night time in Chatham-Kent, you weren’t imagining issues.
A fireball handed over the area round 10:07 p.m.
Peter Brown, a Western College professor, meteor scientist and planetary astronomer tweeted a video of the occasion. Brown described it as being “as brilliant as [the] full Moon.”
According to the NASA All Sky Fireball Network, observers in Ontario, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania reported seeing a brilliant fireball within the sky on Friday night. The occasion was captured by a number of all-sky meteor cameras belonging to the NASA All Sky Fireball Community and the Southern Ontario Meteor Community operated by Western College.
Fireball as brilliant as full moon handed instantly over Chatham, ON final night time at 10:07 pm. Ended at 30 km top simply N of Lake St. Claire close to Honest Haven , MI. Quick (30 km/s) so very small or no meteorites probably. @amsmeteors @ScottWx_TWN #fireball 1/2 pic.twitter.com/AQkljeScsz
— Peter Brown (@pgbrown) February 27, 2021
In keeping with NASA, an preliminary evaluation of the video exhibits that the meteor seems 90 km above Erieau on the northern shore of Lake Erie. It moved northwest at a velocity of 105,800 km per hour because it crossed the Canada-U.S. border earlier than ending 32 km above Honest Haven, MI.
“At its brightest, the fireball rivalled the quarter Moon in depth,” learn a press release on the NASA All Sky Fireball Community. “Combining this with the velocity offers the fragment a mass of not less than 2 kilograms and a diameter of roughly 12 centimetres.”
It’s believed that the meteor was attributable to a fraction of a Jupiter household comet though an asteroidal origin can also be potential.