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CBC News – Montreal – Fireball seen over Montreal

09-Jan-10 03:27 am EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

I could be wrong abou this…but either I heard this same story recently from another source or this wasn’t the only rock to fall out of the sky recently near a big city….

Not to be alarmist or anything, but (as the article says) visible meteors falling and being seen over large cities is rare, as is their being large enough to exhbit a "fireball" appearance.  Add that rare coincidence to it happening over two Canadian cities in quick succession, and it becomes rare enough to put one to wondering if there aren’t a lot more rocks falling out of the sky where it isn’t as populated.

Although it’s supposed to be over now, Earth is experiencing the Quadrantids meteor shower.  It was scheduled to peak between January 3rd and 4th with up to 40 meteors visible per hour in the northern hemisphere.  Although the shower was created by the destruction of a mini-planet (a relatively small chunk of rock which orbits the Sun) over 500 years ago, there shouldn’t be any exceptionally large chunks falling; nor should there really be that many from this shower left as the debris field is said to be pretty narrow.

Anyway, here’s hoping somone hasn’t screwed up and missed something that needs to be worried about.  At the very least I don’t want my weekend cut short!

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