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Meteor over Northeast B.C. caught on camera

Number of sources of meteoric activity this week
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Arlene Chmelyk captured video of a meteor flying over Fort Nelson around 7:37 p.m. on Sunday night, Jan. 23, 2022.

A fireball streaked across the skies over Northeast B.C. Sunday night, and Fort Nelson resident Arlene Chmelyk captured the dazzling, explosive sight on camera.

Residents across the region witnessed the fireball light up the sky shortly after 7:30 p.m., and given the stir it created on Facebook, Chmelyk says she had to check it out. Lucky for Chmelyk, she captured a lucky shot on her doorbell camera.

“I was very surprised when I checked my camera,” she said.

Residents across Northeast B.C. reported seeing it in Charlie Lake, Tupper, Upper Cache too. 

Sarah Murray says she and her three boys were driving home to Rose Prairie when they saw a flash burst into a bright green colour she compared to the northern lights.

“We saw a flash and it looked so close,” said Murray, still awestruck on Monday. “I wish I could see it again … I thought it was the coolest thing ever.”

Braden Sutherland said his son saw it from Mile 64. “He yelled at me dad the sky just lit up! By time I turned around it was gone,” Sutherland said.

According to the American Meteor Society, there are a number of sources of meteoric activity that can be seen from the northern hemisphere this week, including the Anthelion and the alpha Coronae Borealids.

Read the Society's meteor outlook for Jan. 22 to 28 by clicking here.


Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca

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