Oct 27, 2008

Meteor "Fireball" Captured on Video

As detailed in a previous -FUPPETS- post, sometimes large meteors enter the Earth's atmosphere and burn up as the friction from the gases heats the outer layers of the space rock, sometimes causing it to explode in the process. Other times, the fireball burns until the mass of the meteor is expended. It is a rare event that captures these random fireballs on video, but that is exactly what researchers at the University of Ontario managed to do.

The meteor was spotted by the University of Western Ontario's network of all-sky cameras in southern Ontario that scan the sky for meteors. On Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 5:28 a.m. EDT (0928 GMT) seven of the cameras recorded a bright, slow fireball in the predawn sky. (Space.com)

The video of this fireball can be seen here. It reached an altitude as low as 37-44 miles from the ground.

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