On display Monday at the Natural History Museum in London is a piece of meteorite that crashed in Winchester, Gloucestershire in February, along with a major event of light.
Based on several videos of the fireball and reports from thousands of eyewitnesses, researchers were able to determine exactly where the meteorite debris fell in the UK, he writes. BBC News.
The largest piece collected in the Winscombe area comes from the land of a local resident named Victoria Bond. This 100 gram piece can be found in the Natural History Museum in London, which was able to collect several pieces of the meteorite, a total of about 500 grams of debris. Discoveries are stored in a special box to dry.
Most of the igneous rocks come from the Wilcock family’s lineage in Winscombe. Wilcox carefully collected the samples, then the museum researchers wiped off the remaining powder with a toothbrush and an empty box of cream cheese. The plastic devices in question are now part of the British National Collection and will soon be part of the family’s driveway, along with the piece on display at the museum.
They are currently offering amazing sums on the internet for pieces of the Wincomb meteorite, but the family insists that the rubbish they collect should go to a museum and encourage young people to choose a science career for themselves.
This is the first time in thirty years that a meteorite has been found on an island nation and its fragments collected. In addition, the findings are in rare carbon chondrites, which are “the building blocks of the solar system.”
According to the British Fireball Alliance, the meteorite penetrated the Earth’s atmosphere over Britain on 28 February, and a bright event was observed in Iceland and the Netherlands.
Particularly bright meteors are called fireballs. These are rocks that usually travel in space at high speeds. As they enter the Earth’s atmosphere, they encounter resistance and move slowly, so that the resulting heat and warmth make this event visible in the night sky.
According to video footage, the rock traveled at a speed of 48,000 kilometers per hour. These recordings also made it possible to reconstruct the original orbit around the Sun: this object may have traveled between Mars and Jupiter.
Meteorite fragments, among other things, are being studied by experts to determine their mineral composition.
(BBC / MTI)
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