The Millman Fireball Archive


The Millman Fireball archive (MFA) constitutes a series of fireball observation records, mostly gathered from across Canada, in the time interval from January 1962 to October 1989. The Archive has been named in honour of Dr. Peter Millman who oversaw its initial organization in the early 1960s. The Archive was initially maintained at the National Research Center (NRC) in Ottawa, Canada and was administered through the Associate Committee on Meteorites (ACOM), and then through the Meteorite and Impacts Advisory Committee (MIAC) to the Canadian Space Agency. MIAC was closed down by the CSA in 2007. The archive is presently housed at Campion College at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The archive consists of 3878 report cards pertaining to 2131 fireball events observed in Canada from 1927 to 1989. A further 410 report cards in the archive relate to 315 fireball events recorded by observers in the United States in the time interval 1962 to 1989.

An overview paper of the MFA, published in the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, is available here.

An overview of the MFA described fireballs generating 'sounds' can be found here. Data on the individual sound generating fireballs can be found here: Canadian observed fireballs, USA observed fireball.

Fireball event statistics by year

| 1989 | 1988 | 1987 | 1986 | 1985 | 1984 | 1983 | 1982 | 1981 | 1980 |

| 1979 | 1978 | 1977 | 1976 | 1975 | 1974 | 1973 | 1972 | 1971 | 1970 |

| 1969 | 1968 | 1967 | 1966 | 1965 | 1964 | 1963 | 1962 |

Events prior to 1962


MFA: identification of fireball streams

Monthly fireball distribution

Historical fireball events from Saskatchewan


This page last modified May 5th, 2006

Page maintained by Martin Beech, Campion College, The University of Regina.