Who took the meteorite in Thunder Bay?

Scientists in Ontario want to know who picked up a meteorite that crashed along Highway 61 in Thunder Bay last night.

A loud explosion shook homes around 11 and while police looked around, they didn’t find any evidence of anything unusual until this morning.

While there was some dirt, there was no meteorite; just a hole where it landed, according to the CBC.

“This would be the first recorded meteorite fall in northern Ontario, because this is a terrible place to look for meteorites,” said geology professor Stephen Kissin at Lakehead University.

“In this business, we talk about finds, where something’s been sitting out there for a long time, or falls, which are a lot more interesting because, of course, they’re fresher,” he said. “And also if you’re looking at the whole picture … they give you an idea of the actual flux of what different kinds of meteorites are coming in.”

Kissin said the meteorite is likely not related to the Geminid meteor shower, which peaked last night.

“A meteor shower is actually the tail of a comet, and they don’t deliver, as far as anyone knows … anything to the Earth. So this appears to be a coincidence,” he said.

  • MrE85
  • jon

    What makes one place a worse place to look for meteorites than another? Do they not impact the Earth uniformly? Because I was under the impression that they can, and do hit anywhere on the surface of the planet.

    • Ben Chorn

      Vegetation, erosion, etc. aren’t good for preserving impacts and meteors. This is why Arizona is a good place.

      • Joseph

        And thanks to the Earth’s non uniformal shape (like a mis-shapen football), gravity is excerted so that space debris tends to fall over certain areas much more frequently than others.

  • fromthesidelines21

    Did I miss something, how is Thunder Bay considered Northern Ontario?

    • Probably in that area everything around Sudbury to Toronto is considered south. Which makes sense given that Toronto is south of the Twin Cities.

      • fromthesidelines21

        Probably, similar to Brainerd being considered norther Minnesota to the twin cities even though there is a lot of the state north of there.

  • EarthToBobby

    Do the scientists have any more claim to a piece of rock than anyone else? It wasn’t on private land, right? Finders keepers, I think.

    • Ben Chorn

      I think they want to know who has it to examine it, not take it.

  • KTFoley

    We need a something in the photo to help with scale.

    A meteorite as big as a … mitten? mutton? mazda?

    • KTFoley

      A meteorite hole as big as a meter, anyway. Rules out the Mazda.

  • Rob

    I wish I may, I wish I might
    Get My hands on a meteorite

    • jon

      When you KNOW that wishes often have ironic consequences and you go saying something like this!

      I’m just going to come out and say it, you are going to deserve the hole in your hand when it gets struck by a meteorite.