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Bruderheim meteorite falls 64 years ago

It’s been 64 years since the Canada’s largest recovered meteorite fell near Bruderheim.

It was at 1:06 a.m. when the meteorite fell, with nearly 700 fragments being found. The combined weight of the fragments was over 660 pounds, with the largest individual fragment weighing 66 pounds.

It’s believed that the fragments hit the ground vertically while travelling at around 320 kilometres per hour. There were reports of the sound shock wave travelling over 5,000 square kilometres.

The Bruderheim meteorite is a chondrite meteorite that may have formed around 4.6 billion years ago, during the birth of our solar system.

Specimens of the meteorite are on display all across the world, including:

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
  • American Museum of Natural History, New York
  • Peabody Museum, Yale University
  • Redpath Museum, McGill University
  • National Meteorite Collection, Ottawa
  • The Vatican Meteorite Collection
  • Department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge University
  • Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec

There’s also a fragment of the meteorite on display at the Bruderheim Fire Hall and is available for public viewing at any time.

Those interested in seeing the Bruderheim meteorite can call the fire hall at 780-796-3731.

the Bruderheim Meteorite.