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A rare video of meteor falling to Earth

Using a network of all-sky cameras in Southern Ontario, the astronomers at the University of Western Ontario in Canada have captured a rare video of a meteor falling to Earth.

tech reviews Updated: Mar 08, 2008 13:35 IST

Astronomers claim to have captured a rare video of a meteor falling to Earth.

Using a network of all-sky cameras in Southern Ontario, the astronomers at the University of Western Ontario in Canada have shot the large fireball on Wednesday.

According to Wayne Edwards, one of the researchers, "Most meteoroids burn up by the time they hit an altitude of 60 or 70 kilometres from Earth.

"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."

The team hopes 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.

According to Edwards, the lab can narrow the ground location where the meteorite would have fallen, to about 12 square kilometres and have created a map that may assist in locating the meteorite.

The rock, or rocks, would probably weigh a kilogramme or slightly more.

"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," Edwards was quoted by the ScienceDaily as saying.