Flying over Canada meteorite weighing about 10 tons

01.12.2008

The other day, flying over Canada meteorite weighing about 10 tons. He became one of the largest meteorites that have appeared over the country in the last decade, the newspaper The Times. It was first seen at an altitude of about 80 km east of the town of Lloydminster on the border of the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta. The meteorite was flying to the south-east at a slow rate.

On Saturday night at the entrance to the dense layers of the atmosphere meteor flared and ripped to pieces, and its fragments fell on the area of 24 square meters. km. Experts believe that the Earth's surface reached hundreds of small fragments, each weighing at least 50 grams. Under Canadian law, the ownership of the fragments of meteorites belong to the owner of the part where they fell. The researchers therefore call upon all holders of fragments donate or sell their country, experts were able to examine them, reports NTV.

According to the amateur astronomer Rick Haziaka (Rick Huziak), most meteors burn up completely, once in the atmosphere. The largest meteorite in Canada fell to the north-east of Edmonton in 1960, when it was found more than 700 fragments of a total weight of 300 kg.

The largest meteorite in the world is a celestial body, discovered in Namibia in 1920. It weighs more than 55 tons. Next year will mark 100 years since the date of the fall of the Tunguska meteorite on Earth, the mystery of which scientists have not been able to solve.

By the way, "Canadian" meteorite was visible on the territory of Russia. A resident of Yaroslavl Denis Smirnov even filmed his fall on a mobile phone, writes "Komsomolskaya Pravda". The witness says that the sky in the direction of the Volga was flying very bright orange ball. Smirnov suggested that it was a UFO, fireworks or a spin-off stage of the rocket, launched from Plesetsk, but could not even think that he was lucky to see the meteorite.

In May last year, "Around the World", wrote that the expedition nationwide public research organization "Kosmopoisk" found in the Altai region fragments of the meteorite, which fell in January. The detected fragments were sent to Moscow laboratory.

And in June, in the Magadan region of the Local History Museum Seimchan village was abducted by an iron meteorite fragment "Seimchan" weighing 7 lbs. Meteorite "Seychman" refers to the category of rare iron and stony-iron meteorites. The time of his fall to Earth is unknown. The first fragments of the meteorite total weight of 323 kg were found in 1967 near the mine Seimchan Susumansk district of Magadan Oblast.

In September, after the fall of the meteorite in southern Peru villagers Karanka struck a mysterious disease. About 500 families have complained of headaches, nausea, vomiting, indigestion. Twelve people, as well as seven police officers who went to investigate reports were hospitalized in serious condition.

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