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Fireball over Alberta captured on dashcam, Canada

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Numerous people witnessed a bright fireball streaking through the sky over Alberta, Canada at around 00:22 UTC on Wednesday, January 18, 2018 (17:22 local time, January 17). The event lasted 4 seconds before the object disappeared in a bright flash.

As reported by the CTV News, CTV Edmonton started receiving calls and tweets from viewers located north of Fort McMurray and in the Edmonton area about a spectacular flash in the sky.

The director of planetarium and space sciences at the Telus World of Science, Frank Florian, posted the following report: "Fireball at 5:22 local time, ENE at starting at 40 degrees up, broke apart around 25 to 30 degrees, small piece brighten up to about -7 follow by the large piece burst estimated around -12 in hazy cloud."

Although this event was witnessed by many people, the International Meteor Organization (IMO) and the American Meteor Society (AMS) received just one report. If you witnessed this meteor, please fill in this interactive form.

Featured image: Fireball over Alberta, Canada on January 18, 2018. Credit: Corbet Kratko

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3 Comments

  1. I find it interesting that American Meteor Society reports goes from less than a hundred per year in 2005 to over 5,000 per year in 2017. Why the BIG increase — better reporting, or more verified reporting in recent years, or maybe just more fireballs? Who can say?
    https://www.amsmeteors.org/fireballs/fireball-report/

    All I can say is if you see one of these rare events of a fireball, please report it to http://www.amsmeteors.org/members/imo/report_intro

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