SASKATOON, Saskatchewan (AP) - November 23, 2008
One scientist calls it one of the largest meteors visible in the
country in the last decade. Alan Hildebrand says he received 300
e-mail reports from witnesses, some of whom reported hearing
hissing or crackling noises like frying bacon. And he says it was
seen hundreds of miles away in the northern U.S.
Widely broadcast video images show what appears to be a speeding
fireball over Saskatoon that become larger and brighter before
disappearing as it nears the ground.
Hildebrand estimates the meteor had the energy of 100 tons of
TNT as it streaked into the earth's atmosphere. He says it would
have been like a billion-watt light blub.