Nunavut, Canada – February 9, 2021, 5:27 PM local time, U.S. Government Sensors detected a 0.1 kiloton event off the west coast of Devon Island, in the far northern section of the Canadian province of Nunavut. This was a large fireball, which came in at a fairly steep angle, so meteorites are likely. However, due to the remote location of the strewn field on the sea ice, it is unlikely they will be recovered.
|2021-02-09 23:27:29 UTC
|135 km NNE of Resolute Bay
|31 km above sea level
|Energy / Mass Estimate:
|0.1kt TNT / 4842 kg
|29.3° from vertical
Considering the size and speed of the meteor, it is possible that more than 50 kilograms of meteorites are scattered across the sea ice. According to local reports, there has been some snow since the event, so the meteorites may be covered by fresh snow.
No known search efforts are in progress, due to the remote location, but it would be theoretically possible to mount an expedition to recover meteorites from the sea ice, before the melt in July.
If you are interested in hunting for Devon Island meteorites, contacts for Resolute Bay can be found here: Resolute Bay Travel Guide
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StrewnLAB Search Area
A trajectory has been provided from CNEOS, and this data has been run through the StrewnLAB software to predict a search area. Please download and review the Google Earth files below for detailed maps of the search area.
The weather data below is sourced from weather balloons, and publicly available via NOAA’s Integrated Global Radiosonde Archive (IGRA). This data is downloaded and post-processed by the StrewnLAB algorithm, to account for changing weather patterns and weather balloon drift. The plots have altitude on the y-axis, in kilometers above sea level. The wind speed below 10km has large effect on the drift of meteorites.
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