Did you find a piece of meteorite? Scientists are interested

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Have you found a piece of meteorite? Scientists are interested in it

< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">A meteor was spotted in the sky over Southern Ontario early Saturday morning.

University and Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) scientists are urging residents living near Lake Ontario in the Grimsby and Niagara regions to search for fragments of the meteorite that fell on Saturday.

The approximately 1 meter diameter meteor lit up the skies over southern Ontario around 3:30 a.m. Saturday before crashing into Lake Ontario ( becoming a meteorite), according to NASA.

However, pieces could be found on the shores of Lake Ontario, particularly in the areas of Grimsby, Virgil, McNab and Port Weller, according to Peter Brown, professor of physics at Western University in London.

“We hope people will try to find some fragments. Scientists want to get samples.

—Peter Brown, professor and member of the Western Meteor Physics group

How to recognize a piece of meteorite? Mr. Brown explains that these stones are usually heavier than normal and black, in addition to being magnetic. A magnet will usually stick to it, he points out.

ROM curator Kim Tait also encourages residents to keep an eye out and to communicate with the museum if they find a piece of the meteorite.

space are 4.5 billion years old.

—Kim Tait, Mineralogy Specialist

She explains that meteorite fragments can help us better understand the formation of our solar system.

Each time we analyze one of these fragments, we discover something new, she says.

D' after information provided by Cara Nickerson

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