Albertans in northern parts of the province took to social media early Wednesday evening to share share images and videos of a large fireball soaring through the sky.
Frank Florian, director of planetarium and space sciences at the Telus World of Science took to Twitter to pass on a report indicating the meteor broke apart around 5:22 p.m. local time.
Fireball seen tonight! Here’s a report from an RASC member: fireball at 5:22 local time, ENE at starting at 40 degrees up, broke apart around 25 to 30 degrees, small piece brighten up to about -7 follow by the large piece burst estimated around -12 in hazy cloud. Report TWOSE.
— Frank Florian (@FrankTWOS) January 18, 2018
There were also numerous reports of fireball sightings posted on the American Meteor Society’s website.
The soaring fireball was also captured on dashcam videos and posted to social media.
— Michelle (@cityincountry) January 18, 2018
meteor falling in northeast Alberta sky.
Posted by Corbet Kratko on Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Meteor Flash Captured On Home Surveillance Cameras
Miguel Borges captured the flash of the meteor on surveillance cameras installed at his home in Fort McMurray.