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All-Sky Camera Network Captures Fireball Moving at an Unusual Speed

An all-sky camera system captured a very unusual fireball, which is estimated to have landed near the eastern shore of Lake Simcoe in southern Ontario.

All-Sky Camera Network Captures Fireball Moving at an Unusual Speed

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Usually, when a fireball is spotted, most people tend to make various unproven conclusions. But, for experts, fireballs (meteorites) are essential since they can offer them new details about space.

The latest fireball sighting was captured by the all-sky camera network of the Western University’s Physics and Astronomy Department.

But, the meteorite that is detected is not usually because of its speed.

All-Sky Camera Network Captures Unusual Fireball

According to PhysOrg‘s latest report, the Western University’s Southern Ontario Meteor Network (SOMN) was able to capture the meteorite incident on Sunday, Apr. 17.

All-Sky Camera Network Captures Fireball Moving at an Unusual Speed

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“This fireball was particularly significant because it was moving slowly, was on an asteroidal orbit, and ended very low in the atmosphere. These are all good indicators that material survived,” said Denis Vida, a meteorite specialist.

He added that the meteorite was emitting light at just 29 km altitude, claiming that this is another reason why the space object likely survived its Earth atmosphere entry.

Aside from this, Vida explained that meteorites are essential since they can help them understand how the world and other heavenly bodies in the solar system formed.

If you want to see the actual fireball footage, you can view the YouTube video below.

What To Do If You See a Meteorite?

Aerolite Org reported that meteorites worth tons of money if people find their remaining parts.

If they find the whole space rock, they might be even lucky enough to have a great with the companies willing to buy the meteorite. 

But, you still need to be careful when picking up the space rocks. Here are the following things you need to do when you find a meteorite: 

  • Don’t pick them up using your bare hands. 
  • Use a plastic bag and wrap them in an aluminum coil. 
  • Make sure that the remaining fragments of the meteorite will not chip off when you are transferring it from one location to another. 

In June 2020, a massive fireball streak was spotted across the night sky of the southern United States. 

In May 2018, Australians saw a falling meteorite that broke into pieces, generating as much as 1.6 kilotons of nuke energy. 

For more news updates about meteorites and other space objects, always keep your tabs open here at TechTimes.  

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