University of Calgary

Meteorite field found in Saskatchewan

November 28 , 2008

MEDIA ADVISORY

Fragments of 10-tonne space rock located near Lloydminster from Nov. 20 fireball

The remains of a 10-tonne asteroid that exploded in the sky near the Alberta/Saskatchewan border on November 20, 2008 have been located by University of Calgary researchers in a rural area near the city of Lloydminster.

Planetary scientist Dr. Alan Hildebrand and graduate student Ellen Milley located several fragments of meteorite late Thursday afternoon and are conducting a search of the area to collect some of the estimated thousands of meteorite fragments densely strewn over an estimated 20-square-kilometre area near the Battle River.

Hildebrand and Milley will be available for media interviews and photo opportunities in the search area on Friday, Nov. 28 at 1 pm (Mountain Time).

Media availability with researchers, Friday, Nov. 28, 2008:

What:
Media availability with U of C researchers leading meteorite search in western Saskatchewan.

Who:
U of C planetary scientist Alan Hildebrand and M.Sc student Ellen Milley will be available for media interviews and photo opportunities with meteorite specimens at their first meteorite recovery location.

When:
Rendez-vous at 12:30 pm, interviews at 1 pm, Mountain Time.

Where:
Meet at the junction of Highway 17 and Highway 16 at the Alberta/Saskatchewan border in Lloydminster, in the parking lot on the SW corner at Arby’s restaurant. Media will be escorted to search site approximately 40 kilometres away at 12:30 pm.

Media contact:
Grady Semmens
Senior Communications Manager - Research
University of Calgary
Cell: 403-651-2515