Meteor streaks across Saskatchewan sky
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2012 7:04AM CST
A meteor that lit up the night sky of western Saskatchewan and eastern Alberta Tuesday night likely landed in the North Battleford area.
Those who saw the meteor as it passed through the Earth's atmosphere about 9:45 p.m. described it as a streak or a bright flash of light across the sky.
Mike Aasen was finishing his work shift near Lashburn when he saw the flash of light in the sky.
"I looked up in the sky and it was lit up. I had never seen anything like that ever before, it was like a welder's flash," Aaasen said.
"It was a beautiful thing."
The meteor lit up the sky for miles, according to a number of eyewitnesses.
"I get up, I look east and there was a great ball of fire coming out of the sky. It was kind of an orange-yellow on the first part of the ball and then it had a green-reddish tail on the end of it," eyewitness Shane Taylor said.
Alan Hildebrand, a professor in the department of geoscience at the University of Calgary, confirmed the flash was a meteor. He says video of the meteor's path was captured in Calgary and Lucky Lake.
Hildebrand says the chunk of asteroid broke up on impact with the earth's surface and weighed about 100 kilograms.
A meteor that lit up the night sky in Saskatchewan on Tuesday night is seen in this screen image.