Exploring an explosion in Quebec’s night sky

27 Nov

On the evening of Tuesday, November 26 around 8:00pm EST reports started to flood social media, police lines, and even media outlets of a flash of light in the sky, followed closely by the sound of an explosion.

If you’re thinking meteor, then we’re on the same page.

To talk about this one, my friend and YorkUniverse colleague Jesse Rogerson and I went on Sun News Network on Wednesday afternoon to chat about what was witnessed:

(Flash is required to view that video)

To read more about the explosion in the Quebec sky, check out this article that I helped to write for Sun News: Astronomers search for evidence of meteor after giant boom over Quebec.

At the moment there are no reports of fragments being found on the ground. Speculation is that the meteor was about 1 meter in size – large enough to create a sonic boom, but not so big as to create the damage witnessed earlier this year in Russia.

If you watched the video clip, the meteorite (or at least a piece of it) that Jesse was able to bring along from the York Observatory was a fragment of Sikhote-Alin.

Always fun to represent YorkUniverse out there!

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