It has been a week since fireballs lit up the night sky over the south of England. The next day, meteorologists publicly announced that they were hunting for meteorite fragments, which they thought had landed somewhere near the town of Cheltenham.
Scientists likened the search for small space rocks in a not-so-clear place to looking for a needle in a haystack, but luck smiled at them. A resident of Winchcomb, a mile from Cheltenham, called them and saw a pile of burnt stones on the driveway. It became not just a meteorite, but a meteorite.
The meteorite is an investigation into the formation of the Solar System
It was a meteorite made of carbonaceous concrete, with a chemical record dating back to the formation of the Solar System 4.6 billion years ago.
“Carbonaceous chondrites are especially special because they are the remaining building blocks of the solar system,” said Ashley King of the Natural History Museum in London and the UK Fireball Alliance (UKFall), which is looking for meteorites in the UK. According to King, nothing like this has ever been found in Great Britain.
According to King, many stones of this type contain simple organic matter, amino acids and minerals. According to King, this is a package of “ingredients needed to understand how a habitable planet like Earth is formed.”
“My legs are broken,” the scientist describes his first impressions
The person who first reported the suspicious discovery wants to remain anonymous. After checking to see if a meteorite had hit its driveway, the scientists quickly set out to comb the surrounding area. Soon, however, other people began to report themselves.
“At our suggestion, I looked at the plastic bag that contained the finder fragments, and my legs were broken. It was unbelievable. It was clear that it was a very rare meteorite,” said Richard Greenwood of the Open University, who came to examine the first report.
In total, we were able to find about 300-400 grams of material, which is already in the possession of the Museum of Natural History. The stones are small, and in the opinion of another scientist who has seen Monica Grady they resemble broken barbecue briquettes. According to the BBC, experts enthusiastically described her as “one of the most beautiful things ever seen in her life”.
It’s hard for UK researchers studying meteorites to understand how big it is. Carbonaceous chondrites are leftovers that tell of the “recipe” that went into building the planets. Scientists spoke to me today and they just won the lotto. pic.twitter.com/0FdNCpxsXT
– Jonathan Amos (BCBBC Amos) March 9, 2021
The scientific value cannot be overestimated
The BBC says it is difficult to quantify the findings for British science. That’s great.
In all, 65,000 meteorites were collected worldwide, according to databases, of which only 1,206 were observed by Witnesses. Only 51 of them are made of carbonaceous concrete. Their rarity is mainly due to the fragility of the material.
According to recent impact videos, the flight path of the fireball is estimated to be coming from the outer ring of asteroids between Mars and Jupiter. According to scientists, this means that it will be as old as the solar system. “Material is unlikely to change from pre-planetary times. This is an insight into the time when there were no planets in the solar system,” said Sarah Russell, a professor at the Museum of Natural History.
The last time a meteorite was discovered in Great Britain was 30 years ago. Arthur Pettifor, from the village of Glotton near Peterborough, informed the researchers. While planting onions, a meteorite fell on his garden.