Andrew Bartlett was trying to film planes flying over his downtown apartment on the 10th floor with a digital camera when he caught sight of the meteor and captured it bursting in a ball of gold.
U of C meteorite expert Alan Hildebrand and his Masters students, Ellen Milley, have found several pieces of the meteorite fell on Nov. 20 south of Lloydminster, near the Battle River on the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan. The largest piece weighs around 250 grams.
LONE ROCK, SASK. - At first glance, the biggest discovery of Ellen Milley's life looked anything but exciting.Small, blackish lumps on a frozen pond are the kind of sight easily dismissed while driving along rural roads in Saskatchewan.Yet the University of Calgary master's student was immediately intrigued, knowing these lumps were in the area where a meteor was thought to have exploded last week.Stopping the car, she and her travel partner -- U of C meteorite expert Alan Hildebrand-- gingerly stepped on the ice for a closer look.The first lump they investigated turned out to be a leaf. The second was a stone, but of inconclusive origin.But there was no doubt about the third. Hildebrand recognized it instantly as a cosmic treasure -- a 250-gram piece of frozen space rock. (K. Gerein article - Edmonton journal)