‘Ottawa’ Meteor Lights up Ottawa Sky, Earthlings Safe
Yes, that blazing light in the eastern sky at about 12:30 a.m. was a meteor.
“Tens of thousands” of people witnessed the very bright fireball, mostly in the northeastern United States and a few in Canada, said Peter Brown, a meteor expert at Western University. His camera network detected it low on the horizon south of Kingston.
The space rock may have been the size of a basketball, or even a small shopping cart, he said.
“It was a very bright meteor (and) almost certainly dropped meteorites last night,” he said. “Very spectacular.”
It’s called a meteor as it flies through the atmosphere and heats up. Meteorites are pieces on the ground later.