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Western U experts say meteorites may contain valuable info about solar system

ST. THOMAS, Ont. - University researchers say at least one chunk of a meteorite may have landed in southwestern Ontario this week — and more rocks may also be waiting to be found. Astronomers from Western University are asking people to check their properties for any remnants of the basketball-sized meteor they say likely came down near St. Thomas, Ont. In Canada, landowners who find a meteorite on their property own it — but the researchers say they'd love to have a look at what they call a "Rosetta Stone" of scientific information.

Eyewitness reports of fireball in sky over Maritimes likely a meteor: experts

HALIFAX - Eyewitnesses reported seeing a fireball streaking across the northern skies of the Maritimes and Quebec in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday, prompting experts to surmise that what was seen was a meteor. Rick Parker, who lives along Mattatall Lake near Wentworth, N.S., said he saw through his window a bright light flash when he woke up just before 5 a.m. "The sky just lit up," said Parker. "What I saw was almost like a ball of fire." Parker said he only got a brief view before the object fell toward the northern horizon.

PM calls for ways to prevent overseas transfer of meteorites

SEOUL, March 18 (Yonhap) -- Prime Minister Chung Hong-won instructed officials Tuesday to devise ways to prevent recently discovered meteorites from being taken out of the country to better preserve them for research purposes, his office said. His order came after the Korean Polar Research Institute confirmed earlier this week that two pieces of rock found last week some two days after a meteor shower in Jinju, some 434 kilometers south of Seoul, had come from space.

Scientists confirm discovery of meteorites in Jinju

INCHEON, March 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's science institute confirmed Sunday that rocks discovered last week in the country's southern region were meteorites and asked the government to make sure they are not taken out of the country. The Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) classified the two rocks found in Jinju, 434 kilometers south of Seoul, as "ordinary chondrite" of high iron composition. Given the proximity of where they were found and similarity in composition, the institute believes that they are from the same rock.

Rock from heavens is a scientists' delight

A year ago on Saturday, inhabitants of the Russian city of Chelyabinsk looked skyward, some frozen in fear that a nuclear war had begun. Overhead, an asteroid exploded in a ball of fire, sending debris plummeting to Earth in brilliant streaks. The shockwave blew out windows, hurting about 1,600 people, and the burst of ultraviolet light was so strong that more than two dozen people suffered skin burns. Today, enshrined in Russia's folk memory as a big scare, the Chelyabinsk Meteorite, for space scientists, is a boon.

Rock from heavens is a scientists' delight

A year ago on Saturday, inhabitants of the Russian city of Chelyabinsk looked skyward, some frozen in fear that a nuclear war had begun. Overhead, an asteroid exploded in a ball of fire, sending debris plummeting to Earth in brilliant streaks. The shockwave blew out windows, hurting about 1,600 people, and the burst of ultraviolet light was so strong that more than two dozen people suffered skin burns. Today, enshrined in Russia's folk memory as a big scare, the Chelyabinsk Meteorite, for space scientists, is a boon.

Hadfield says no need to panic after flash of light and explosion near Montreal

MONTREAL - Don't panic, says Chris Hadfield. That was the Canadian astronaut's down-to-earth advice after many people tweeted they saw a blue flash and heard a thundering boom in the Montreal and Ottawa areas Tuesday night. Two Ontario-based professors said Wednesday the phenomenon was likely a fireball, with one suggesting it was probably between the size of a baseball and a basketball when it passed through the atmosphere.

Officials investigate possible meteorite strike in Canada

Toronto, Nov 28 (EFE).- An investigation is being conducted to determine whether a meteorite caused the explosion in central Canada that was heard earlier this week by residents of numerous communities near Ottawa and Montreal, officials said. The blast was followed by a bright flash in the sky around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday that was seen by people in both Canada and the northern United States. Comments about the incident were posted on Twitter by people on both sides of the border.

Speculation rampant of possible meteorite strike in western Quebec region

MONTREAL - Social media sites lit up Tuesday evening with reports that a meteorite may have been seen and heard in the Montreal and Ottawa regions. Numerous people posted Twitter messages reporting a bright flash of blue light accompanied by the sound of a booming explosion just before 8 p.m. ET Although there is no official conformation of a meteorite, a spokesman for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada says all signs point to a meteor event.

Stunning meteorite sheds light on infant Mars

A meteorite found in the Sahara last year by Bedouin tribesmen is a rock from Mars, revealing that the Red Planet's crust formed 4.4 billion years ago, scientists reported on Wednesday. Sold to the elite club of meteorite collectors, the extraordinary rock has been analysed by US and French geologists. They found tough crystals within the meteorite called zircons, which held traces of uranium, whose rate of decay can be used as a calculator of age. The dating puts the meteorite at a whopping 4.4 billion years old.
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