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Massive fireball lights up Prairie skies in western Canada.

It wasn’t a bird, and it sure as heck wasn’t a plane, but whatever was in the sky over western Canada on Thursday night was very exciting for the people who saw it.

Was it the lost tool bag?

UPDATE:

No, it was not, says Space Weather

On Nov. 22nd, veteran satellite observer Kevin Fetter video-recorded the backpack-sized bag gliding over his backyard observatory in Brockville, Ontario: 900 kB video. “It was easily 8th magnitude or brighter as it passed by the 4th magnitude star eta Pisces,” he says. Spaceweather’s satellite tracker is monitoring the toolbag; click here for flybys.

UPDATE: Ed Light of Lakewood, NJ, saw the toolbag on the same night. He observed it using 10×50 binoculars and estimates its magnitude at +6.4. “It was a favorable pass, elevation 70 degrees,” he says. “Lower apparitions would be fainter.”

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Written by Ramesh

November 24, 2008 at 12:10 am

Posted in Astronomy

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