A meteor crosses the sky in Ontario

Spectacular videos captured a meteor lighting up the sky over Niagara Falls and the CN Tower in Toronto. The “less than one meter” object, called #C8FF042, turned into a fireball, the European Space Agency confirmed.

“A three-foot object hit the sky above Niagara Falls and turned into a harmless fireball,” the agency posted on social media Saturday morning.

A sound of dynamite in the dead of night

Citizens from various towns in southern Ontario, from Oakville to Hamilton, reported on social media that they were awakened by a loud bang. exploded nearby and the house shook for about 5 seconds,” one user wrote.

It is the sixth time global warning systems have detected an asteroid before impact, according to the European Space Agency. The last time was in March, when a meteor was spotted in Hungary before it hit the ground near Greenland.

Good to know: Meteorites are fragments of asteroids. Their variable size is much smaller than that of comets or asteroids. What distinguishes them above all is that they managed to land on Earth and cross the atmosphere.

Between 40 and 100 tons of space means something

It is estimated that between 40 and 100 tons of space dust hits Earth every day, most of it in the form of very small particles. Larger objects hit it an average of ten times a year.

However, most of the asteroids that hit the Earth were discovered years, even millions of years after their impact, we read on the website of the European Space Agency. But the ability to detect them is improving rapidly.

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