Western U Experts Say Meteorites May Contain Valuable Info about Solar System

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Experts hope someone will find bit of meteor

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ST. THOMAS, Ont. - University researchers say at least one chunk of a meteorite may have landed in southwestern Ontario this week -- and more rocks may also be waiting to be found.

Astronomers from Western University are asking people to check their properties for any remnants of the basketball-sized meteor they say likely came down near St. Thomas, Ont.

In Canada, landowners who find a meteorite on their property own it -- but the researchers say they'd love to have a look at what they call a "Rosetta Stone" of scientific information.

Peter Brown, who specializes in the study of meteors and meteorites, says a "fairly bright" fireball was detected March 18 by Western's network of all-sky cameras as it passed over southern Ontario.

Researcher Phil McCausland says any pieces will likely be the size of a golf ball or a baseball and probably came down somewhere to the north or west of St. Thomas.

He says if any such rock is to be found, it's likely a member of the public will find it and the researchers are urging those who do find something to contact the university. …