Meteor sightings skyrocketed this month with 16 reports sent to The Latest Worldwide Meteor Reports web site for Ontario on August 25, 2014. The latest 50 reports show many in Canada, primarily over Ontario and eastward.
These might be the remnants of this year’s Perseid meteor shower. However according to Spacedex.com, they were supposed to arrive August 11 to 13 with best viewing time between 11 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. NASA’s near earth objects (NEOs) report for August 27 include Apollo (HE3), an object 280 x 620 meters, Apollo (QD 33), which is 28 x 63 meters and Aten (QZ265) at 21 x 47 meters.
The August 25 sightings were reported in Ontario from the following locations: Burlington, Marmora, Niagara Falls, Toronto (4), Mississauga, Scarborough, Pickering and more.
The meteor was seen from Burlington at approximately 8:40 p.m. and was described as “low in the sky, orange, yellow and maybe some blue, very bright like the sun ball with a tail, happened very quickly.” In Marmora it was spotted at the same time traveling east to west. In Niagara Falls, the witness noted the same direction but added that the meteor appeared to break apart “into a cloud of black smoke” and left behind “a burning odor.”
A Toronto resident spotted the meteor at 8:25 p.m. and noted that it was “white and yellow, bright as it was twilight.” Another witnesses in Toronto described the meteor a “red, bright like fireworks” while yet another person wrote that at 8:45 p.m., the meteor was seen “very low in the sky” and “very bright.” This witness also noted, “(It) blew my mind as to how low it was over the city and how closely visible, and large it was.”
The Mississauga sighting at 8:40 p.m. noted that they saw a “yellow flame” like a “blow torch.” Then at 8:50 p.m., a Scarborough resident described it as yellow-orange to greenish-blue” and it “looked like it broke up – appeared to be very close.”
A Pickering resident saw it at 8:36 p.m. and noted that it traveled “2/3 of the way across the sky, then flared out and stopped.” All of the witnesses agreed that the meteor traveled in a westerly direction and was only visible for three to four seconds.
Close approaches of NEOs are also expected August 29 to 31 (11 objects) with 35 in September. Bear in mind that the vast majority of these objects never strike the earth. Those that pose a risk (although extremely low) can be found HERE.
The last meteor to cause damage hit Chelyabinsk, Russia on February 15, 2013. This meteor was 20 meters wide and traveled 12 miles per second. For more on this meteor go HERE.
If you see a meteor, go HERE to report it.