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Fireball explosion turns night into day in Yellowknife, N.W.T


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Monday, March 10, 2014, 3:55 PM -

A meteor exploded over Yellowknife, N.W.T early Thursday, turning the night sky a bright shade of blue.

No damage has been reported but a loud boom was apparently heard in the area.

Days later, stunning images of the event continue to make the rounds on social media.

Yuichi Takasa, a photographer who, according to his Twitter profile, has contributed to NASA and National Geographic, was able to get this incredible shot:

Check out a before and after comparison:

The incident drew comparisons to a meteor that exploded over Montreal, QC in November 2013, creating a boom that was loud enough to shake houses.

Peter Brown, a physics professor at Western University in London, Ont. told the Canadian Press that the meteor was likely less than a metre in size and that its explosive force probably wasn't strong enough to cause any damage.


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If you missed last week's fire ball explosion, you're in luck. There's plenty to see in the sky this month.

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With files from the Canadian Press

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