A meteorite seen in Beauce fascinates astronomers, who have discovered since Monday that several cameras have been able to capture its light phenomenon.
The meteorite was captured in images by some citizens around 1:26 a.m. on the night from Sunday to Monday, in particular in Montérégie, Estrie and Beauce, in Saint-Georges. On various forums, discussions are going well.
An astrophysics teacher from Cégep Beauce-Appalaches and founding president of the Saint-Georges Astronomy Club says the “fireball” would be about the size of a fist or two at most.
“With three different points of view, it would be possible to identify the area of impact of the meteorite on Earth by triangulation. Meteorite hunters are happy to try to find them, ”explains Professor Louis Asselin.
Like eclipses and tornadoes, meteorites also have fanatics on their trail. Without special attention, the uninitiated could see only a vulgar rock.
A camera from the Montreal planetarium installed on the roof of Cégep Beauce-Appalaches could also have captured the phenomenon. The images will be analyzed shortly.
Everywhere, more and more private security cameras or simply weather cameras are discovering such phenomena.
Elsewhere, the Allsky weather camera from the Mont-Mégantic Observatory also picked up the car.
Slowly, multiple sightings should provide a good idea of the more precise area where the pebble might be, which would be worth a few hundred dollars.
In Saint-Lazare, a citizen looking in the direction of Oka would also have seen the meteorite.
“In Quebec, we are starting to have a series of cameras installed and specialized for this type of event. With the pandemic, it’s delayed a bit, but it helps to raise public awareness, ”adds Sylvie F. Beaulieu, support astronomer for the Mont-Mégantic Observatory.
The specialist from the University of Montreal specifies that the majority of meteorites are found in the polar regions simply because of the contrast of the dark object on a white surface. In the middle of the forest, the difficulty is higher.
“Most of these rocks are about the size of a softball, right down to dust. A few can survive when they enter the atmosphere. There are several periods like the Perseids in August. Currently, it is the Taurids ”, mentions Mme Beaulieu.
The Taurids divide into two meteorite swarms that are active during the fall. The Leonids will follow next.
In order to advance the investigation, the Mont-Mégantic Observatory has launched an appeal to all.
“We see a luminous phenomenon which could be a racing car, or a very large shooting star. Have you also observed this phenomenon? ”