Meteor briefly lights up skies around Vancouver


Many individuals throughout Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island reported seeing a big meteor burning up within the earth’s environment on Wednesday evening. 

“It is a meteor, only a very, very brilliant one,” stated Marley Leacock, an astronomer at Vancouver’s H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. “It is a taking pictures star, however we’d name it a fireball due to how brilliant it received.”

The American Meteor Society says it has acquired 143 witness stories of the fireball as of Thursday afternoon from as far-off as Oregon and Abbotsford, B.C.

In Squamish, Matteo Abel recorded a brilliant flash on his doorbell digicam.

Meteor briefly lights up sky around Vancouver

A meteor flew by way of the sky for a number of fleeting seconds at about 10:18 p.m. on Oct. 12. It was seen from Squamish to Oregon.

The celestial sighting comes in the course of the annual Orionids meteor bathe, which takes place as Earth passes by way of the particles area left behind by Halley’s comet.

The bathe is anticipated to peak between Oct. 21 and 22. Halley’s comet shouldn’t be set to return till 2061.

Leacock says such fireballs aren’t uncommon, however seeing one is a “a couple of times in a lifetime factor.”

“There’s continuously stuff falling in our environment,” she stated. “It simply actually is whether or not or not we see them. We can solely detect what we see, so there’s tons happening that we do not see.”


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