The fall of the meteorite was observed in the sky over Quebec and Ontario

The fall of the meteorite was observed in the sky over Quebec and Ontario
The fall of the meteorite was observed in the sky over Quebec and Ontario
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On Friday evening, residents of Quebec and Ontario witnessed a spectacular spectacle: the brightest "ball of fire" swept across the night sky.

One of the residents of a cottage near St. Agatha described a fluorescent green ball with a red tail that was visible for about five seconds, and some Twitter users described the ball as bright blue.

Mark Andrew, who lives in l'Epifany, told CTV that he saw a bright orange-red ball flying from the northwest.

"I saw shooting stars, but I never saw anything like it," he said, adding, "It was just like in the movies."

Paul Simard is President of the RASC Montreal, part of the Canadian-wide network of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada:

"Observations have shown that it was blue, so it may have a high concentration of magnesium, or perhaps it arrived very quickly (meteorites that arrive very quickly glow brighter and are bluer than slower ones that have more reddish color) ".

John Abbott College physics and astronomy professor Karim Jaffer explained what the different colors indicate.

"A bluish color indicates a strong magnesium content, and a red / orange color, which has also been reported, indicates oxygen / nitrogen and possibly sodium. Iron gives a yellow tint," Jaffer said, noting that if you see green flashes, which means magnesium, iron and possibly nickel.

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