According to the European Orbit Agency (ESA), an item that was seen as a fireball flying over Ontario, Canada, early on Saturday morning was the sixth object to be identified in space before it reached Earth.
The community of professional and amateur astronomers became aware, during the early hours of Saturday, that a meteor was on its way and that watchers should keep their telescopes and cameras focused toward the sky.
According to the Minor Planet Center, an organisation that monitors objects in the solar system, the meteor entered the atmosphere of Earth at roughly 3:27 am Eastern Standard Time when it was passing above Brantford, Ontario.
According to the Minor Planet Center, the fast-moving object was discovered in photographs collected from Mount Lemmon Survey near Tucson, Arizona. The object has been given the provisional identification of #C8FF042 during its investigation by the centre.
Mike Hankey, the operations manager for the American Meteor Society, was in Maine at the time, putting up cameras to watch the sky. Around four in the morning, someone in Germany called him and told him about the meteor. Hankey was in the process of setting up the cameras.
He said that reports of the meteor had begun to make their way around around three hours earlier.
According to the American Meteor Society, a fireball meteor is a meteor that is generally brighter than the planet Venus in the morning or evening sky. As of Saturday afternoon, the American Meteor Society had received 33 reports of a fireball from people in Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Ontario.
On social media, a number of individuals located in or close to Hamilton, Ontario, said that they had heard a huge boom. Astronomers were able to establish where on Earth the meteorites were most likely to have struck the Earth by using these reports in conjunction with data from radar.
According to Mr. Hankey, “there is a possibility that if there are meteorites that survived, they could be able to be recovered at Grimsby, Ontario, or St. Catharines, Ontario, close to the region of Niagara Falls.” This information was provided by Mr. Hankey.
According to the European Space Agency, Earth is bombarded by anything from 40 to 100 tonnes of material from space every single day, the most majority of which consists of extremely minute particles.
According to Mr. Hankey, scientists do not know how large the meteor that fell on Saturday was. After entering the atmosphere of Earth, a meteoroid, which is a fragment of a larger object such as an asteroid or comet, transforms into a meteor. A meteorite is the name given to any meteoroid that makes it through the violent plunge to the earth intact.
According to the European Space Agency, there has been an increase over the last several years in the global community’s attempts to locate huge asteroids, which may span kilometres in diameter, and to detect them before they make an effect.
According to the organisation, since 2008, five more objects have been seen in space before they collided with Earth. This was made possible by advancements in observational technology as well as increased worldwide coordination.