It's been 60 years since the largest recovered meteorite in Canada crashed north of Bruderheim.
On Mar.4, 1960 at 1:06 a.m., a bright fireball tore through Earth's atmosphere traveling at 42km per second. The giant rock was visible from as far as British Columbia and created a sound shock audible over 2,000 square kilometres when it came in contact with the ground. Pits as deep as 30 cm were created by some of the falling rocks.
The first meteorite fragment was found by local farmer Nick Broda in his barnyard. Other fragments were found by other area farmers, the largest weighing about 68 lbs.
Locals like Stan Walker and Ty Balacko helped map out the fall area and the two collected 155 lbs of meteorite.
In total, around 668 lbs was recovered, making it the largest recovered fall in Canadian history. Most of the pieces were taken to the University of Alberta, though a piece of the meteorite still be viewed at the Bruderheim Fire Hall.
"For the town of Bruderheim, it's something that we can look to that's scientifically important," said mayor Karl Hauch. "It also is a way to bring pride and respect for our community,"
The Bruderheim Meteorite is a stony meteorite of the chondrite variety, an ancient type formed during the birth of the solar system more than 4.5-billion years ago. It contains a mix of chemicals and minerals including olivine, hypersthene, iron and nickel.