Asteroid wakes people across Ontario

Asteroid wakes people across Ontario
BRANTFORD—Dereck Bowen of Brantford was recording 30-second captures on his camera at 3:28 a.m. last Saturday morning, when he got this shot of the asteroid, named 2022 WJ1, streaking across the night sky.

By Haldimand Press Staff

HALDIMAND — Just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, people from Niagara Falls to Toronto to Haldimand were woken as a roughly one-metre-wideasteroid entered Earth’s upper atmosphere, turning into a bright orange fireball that streaked across the night sky.

The asteroid, dubbed 2022 WJ1, was caught on video sailing past the CN Tower in Toronto, in the reflection of a car windshield in Hamilton, and in Brantford’s  night sky (right). According to the European Space Agency (ESA), the asteroid marks just the sixth time in history a global asteroid warning system was able to detect the asteroid pre-impact, allowing them to predict where it would enter and an approximate timeframe.

Miriam Gallacher of Caledonia said the sonic boom “felt like it shook the house,” while Terrilyn Comeau of Caledonia “thought a plane had crashed.”

“The boom scared the crap out of me,” said Linda Carter from River Road in Cayuga. “The house had a mild shake and a loud noise. I first worried that it was our furnace, but then I realized that I’d be dead if my gas furnace exploded. I finally contented myself by assuming it was a load of snow sliding off my roof and crashing to the ground. I didn’t think much more about it until I saw this post and realized how widespread it was.”

For all the sound, fury, and visual spectacle the asteroid created, it ended up being harmless, with no damage reported. ESA estimates that if any pieces of meteorite survived the journey, it’s likely the pieces would have landed in either Grimsby or St. Catharines.