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The Sciences

Breaking: Canadian fireball fragments found

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitNovember 28, 2008 8:29 PM


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Reports are coming in that fragments have been found from the bright meteor that lit up Canadian skies last week. I don't have much info, but this is good news. The object that came in must have weighed several tons, so there should be plenty of meteorites to be found. This is very cool, obviously because it's always good to get new samples. But also, the path of this object is very well observed from all the videos taken, and that means its orbit can be determined. This gives scientists a pretty good handle on the object itself, and may give more clues about Earth-crossing asteroids, the kind that smack into us like this one did. And it's always good to know more about them! Tip o' the Whipple Shield to BABloggees Michael Lonergan and AJ Milne.

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