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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Luminous meteor lights up northern BC sky


Key takeaways: 

  • Individuals living in Fort Nelson and beyond report glimpsing colored tails behind tumbling space rock.
  • A luminous meteor was captured by the doorbell camera of Fort Nelson citizen Arlene Chmelik at approximately 8 p.m. MT on Sunday. 

Meteor lights up the BC sky: 

According to an eyewitness and provincial astronomer, a fireball lighting across the skies over northern BC on Sunday is probably the most bright type of meteor witnessed from Earth.

“I’m primarily just watching TV and saw this bright one … and it had a nice blue-and-orange plume behind it,” Jason White of Fort Nelson described host Sarah Penton on CBC’s Radio West on Monday. Source –

White, an inexperienced astronomer, staying in Fort Nelson for 25 years, states this was the most severe meteor he’d ever seen.

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BC’s sky lighted by the glowing meteor

Except for Fort Nelson, individuals in Charlie Lake, Tupper, Upper Cache, and different parts of the north also informed sightings of the very glossy meteor on Sunday at approximately 8 p.m. MT.

Prince George Astronomical Observatory president Malhar Kendurkar states he will have to oversee the video captured by the observatory to prove. Still, photos from dash and doorbell cameras published on social media led him to accept it’s a bolide — a very luminous meteor.

“A bolide is primarily a meteor, but it’s much larger in size than a meteor,” Kendurkar stated on Radio West. “We have millions and millions of meteoroids just in space,” he persisted. “When a meteoroid enters Earth’s sky, it becomes … a meteor or a bolide.” Source –

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