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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?


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.”


Written by Ramesh

November 24, 2008 at 12:10 am

Posted in Astronomy

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