Meteor news: Huge fireball sparks nuclear missile concerns in Canada | Science | News

Last night, a meteor broke through the atmosphere above Alberta, Canada, in the west of the country. The blast was so huge it could be seen from the tip of the US border all the way up into the Arctic circle. Some security cameras spotted the phenomenon, with a huge bright streak soaring through the sky.

One video shows a blast so bright it caused shadows in the dead of night as entire regions were lit up momentarily.

More than 300 people flocked to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO) to report their sighting.

Rosemary said: “Truly thought it was a mid-air explosion given the size and brightness of the flash.”

Aamer said: “The meteorite I saw was unique as it was too bright and the whole sky lit up for a much longer time.

“Also it just passed overhead with a long smoke trail which was visible for additional few more seconds.”

Ray said: “It was very bright, left visible white contrails in the sky for about five minutes.

“I stargaze every morning and watch satellites. This object was right in my normal sightline, and I saw it clearly from beginning to end.”

Chris feared a nuclear attack was impending, saying: “For a fraction of a second, I thought it was a nuclear missile or something man-made.”

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“Due to the velocity at which they strike the Earth’s atmosphere, fragments larger than one millimetre have the capability to produce a bright flash as they streak through the heavens above.

“These bright meteors are what we call fireballs and they often strike fear and awe for those who witness them.”

Perhaps one of the most famous fireballs to hit Earth came in 2013 when a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia.

The blast was caused by a 20-metre meteor. It led to an explosion which caused over £25.3million (€30million) in damages to the small Russian city.