The meteor that lit up across the Alberta skies last fall has set a new Canadian record for the number of space rocks found.

A University of Calgary scientist has led the search for the space fragments.

Alan Hildebrand said more than 1,000 have been discovered in fields near Lloydminster on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. 

"From the distribution of the meteorite falls, if we can relate them back to the explosions up in the air where they were released, it lets us understand a lot about meteorite fall," said Hildebrand.

The biggest space chunk found to date weighs 13 kilograms and was found on Al Mitchell's property. Some experts have said Mitchell could have sold the fragment for $400,000 but he opted to donate it to the University of Calgary.

So far, more than 400 pieces have been found and many more are estimated to have been discovered by area residents not associated with the University of Calgary's search.

The previous record was set in 1960 when a meteor hit the ground in central Alberta and 700 pieces were discovered. 

With files from Canadian Press and CTV's Scott Roberts