'Fireball' in Canada Sky, Eye-Witnesses Refuse to Believe It Was International Space Station

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | March 19, 2014 3:18 PM EST

People in Canada saw a bright source of light in the sky that looked like a fireball [Image]. It happened in Maritime province while people from Dartmouth, Eastern Quebec, Halifax, Mount Uniacke, Wentworth, Chester and Truro report watching it at around 5 o'clock in the morning on March 18.

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A NASA image released on February 24, 2014 shows a photo taken by the Expedition 38 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on January 30, 2014 of the night view of the Korean Peninsula, and North Korea in the middle is almost completely dark compared to neighboring South Korea (bottom right) and China (top left). The photograph was cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artifacts have been removed at source.

CBC News reported that that people called to their morning shows and talked about it. One of the callers, Rick Parker, said that the light was extremely bright as it took him off bed. Mr Parker, who lives near Wentworth, described it as "a bright light" which "lit up" the entire sky. He said that it looked "almost" like one meteor.

Rob Thacker, a professor of astronomy at the Saint Mary's University, said that different people reported seeing different colours in the "fireball." Some saw blue, some red, while some other people saw green, CTV News reported. It apparently went overhead very fast and disappeared over the horizon, he said.

There are possibilities that the "fireball" could be a meteor which is quite common to appear in the sky. However, the frequency of the occurrence does not stop people from worrying about it. A big reason behind the worry is due to what they see in Hollywood blockbusters. Meteors are often related to the end of the world. However, according to Mr Thacker, people on earth are secure at least for the next hundred years. The last major occurrence of a meteor took place in Russia in February 2013. The Chelyabinsk meteor was captured by several cameras as it injured around 1,500 people.

On the other hand, it has been known that the International Space Station was on its way during the same time over the region. However, Mr Parker did not want to buy that it was ISS. He said that he was no stranger to the ISS as he had seen one before. What he saw was something else, he claimed. Mr Parker said that it was too bright to be the ISS.

Meanwhile, NASA said that the ISS was scheduled to dodge some space debris on Sunday, March 16.

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A NASA image released on February 24, 2014 shows a photo taken by the Expedition 38 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on January 30, 2014 of the night view of the Korean Peninsula, and North Korea in the middle is almost completely dark compared to neighboring South Korea (bottom right) and China (top left). The photograph was cropped and enhanced to improve contrast, and lens artifacts have been removed at source.
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