I just got an e-mail from Canadian amateur astronomer Matt Ayerst III. On November 24, 2008, he used a Canon PowerShot A710 IS with a 35mm lens to photograph the debris cloud of a fireball (brilliant meteor) over Vancouver. Here is the text of his e-mail:
Hello, my name is Matt Ayerst III. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia. I have been subscribing to your magazine for 3 years now. Great stuff. I took this picture with my little handheld camera 2 years ago from the top of Burnaby Mountain at Simon Fraser University. In the background is Vancouver Island. The following day I read in the paper that a falling “fireball” was discovered in Alberta. Seems like a far shot (pun intended), but I figured if anyone would know, you guys would. I hope the quality is acceptable.
Thank you, Matt, for a great report and photo.