People in Northern Alberta and BC reported seeing a flash of light in the sky Wednesday morning east of Grande Prairie. People on Facebook and Twitter say that the “flash of light” was “faster than a satellite”. There were a few that were speculating that it could have been a meteor.
American Meteor Society’s Operation Manager Mike Hankey says meteors in the sky are described as a ball of light that moves through and lasts in the sky for 3 to 5 seconds long. Hankey adds that a brighter meteor is called a “fireball”.
“A “Fireball” is just a brighter type of meteor. All meteors are rated by how bright they are. A Fireball is anything brighter than the planet Venus and could be as bright as the sun.”
He explains that if a meteor was spotted in the daytime there could possibly be a vapour or smoke cloud following it after it flew through the sky.
There is no confirmation on what the flash of light in the sky near Grande Prairie actually was.
You can read more about what a meteor is and report information on future sightings at the American Meteor Society’s website.