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November 30, 2008

2008 Prairie meteoroid

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

The 2008 Prairie meteoroid was a fireball meteoroid seen on November 20, 2008. The object was first spotted at around 17:30 MST (00:30 UTC) and was reported by people living in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and even North Dakota. It was five times as bright as a full moon. Over 400 people reported seeing it. There are several videos of the meteoroid on YouTube. The object likely split into multiple pieces on or before impact. A search is underway for them. The meteoroid entered the atmosphere at approximately 14 kilometres per second and is estimated to have been about the size of a desk and have had a mass approximately 10 tonnes.

Robert A. Haag, a famous American meteorite hunter, is offering $10,000 to anyone who gives him the first one-kilogram chunk of the meteorite.

The first pieces of the rock were found on November 28, 2008 in the ice of a fish pond about 40 km from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. About 12 pieces were found. They were discovered by a search team from the University of Calgary. The largest fragment weighed 250 grams and smallest was 10 grams.

Sources

  • Google news search: meteorite fireball
  • “Scientists find space rock that streaked through skies of Western Canada”. November 28, 2008
  • “Hunt on for space rock”. November 22, 2008
  • “10-tonne asteroid lit up Prairie skies: Univ. of Calgary”. {{{date}}}
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  • “Massive fireball lights up the night sky”. Nov. 21 2008
  • “Meteor likely broke on entry”. November 22, 2008
  • “Relic hunters hot on meteorite trail”. 2008-11-21
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