Monday, November 24, 2008

Meteorite lands in Canada

Scientists in Canada are hunting for pieces of a meteor that spectacularly lit up the night sky and then exploded into pieces before falling to Earth.Experts are calling it one of the biggest meteors seen in the country in the last decade.

Video footage has been broadcast of what appeared to be a fireball late on Thursday over Saskatoon.

It soared out of the sky, getting larger and brighter before disappearing as it neared the ground. Police in the province of Alberta received hundreds of telephone calls from people who say they witnessed the rare event.

Some heard a loud "boom" noise in the distance as the meteor struck.

Most meteors burn up completely after entering the Earth's atmosphere, but one in 1,000 drop meteorites that hit the Earth.

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