Astronomers capture rare video of falling meteor

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Washington, Mar 9: Astronomers have captured rare video of a meteor falling to Earth with the aid of all-sky cameras which scan the sky monitoring for them.

The astronomers from The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario are credited for this feat, Science Daily reported. ''These cameras captured video of a large fireball and the department has also received a number of calls and emails from people who actually saw the light,'' Associate Professor Peter Brown who specialises in the study of meteors and meteorites said.

Brown along with Wayne Edwards, a post doctorate student, hope to enlist the help of local residents in recovering one or more possible meteorites that may have crashed in the Parry Sound area of Ontario, Canada.

''Most meteoroids burn up by the time they hit an altitude of 60 or 70 kilometres from Earth,'' Edwards said.

''We tracked this one to an altitude of about 24 kilometres so we are pretty sure there are at least one, and possibly many meteorites, that made it to the ground,'' he added.

''We would love to find a recovered meteorite on this one, because we have the video and we have the data and by putting that together with the meteorite, there is a lot to be learned,'' he said.


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