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Meteorite over Great Britain: Hundreds watch fireball in the sky

Status: 01.03.2021 6:53 p.m.

This caused a stir among eyewitnesses and scientists: a meteorite fell 140 kilometers northwest of London on Sunday evening. Hundreds of people watched the scene.

This is a very rare sight: a meteorite was spotted in Great Britain on Sunday evening. Hundreds of people have observed the celestial body, according to the UK Fireball Alliance. Fireball was also seen in Iceland and the Netherlands. The pieces of the meteorite crashed into the earth north of Cheltenham, 140 kilometers northwest of London. Some were able to film or photograph the show:

Moving at a speed of 48,000 km per hour

Particularly bright meteors are also called bolides. These are often rocks that ache in space at high speeds. When it enters the Earth’s atmosphere, it brakes in the face of resistance. It generates heat and light – this phenomenon is then seen in the night sky. Video recordings showed the piece traveling at 48,000 kilometers per hour, said Ashley King of the Natural History Museum in London. It’s too fast to be man – made space junk.

“So this is not an old rocket or satellite.” These videos also made it possible to reconstruct the original orbit around the Sun: the celestial body was mostly in motion between Mars and Jupiter. “If you see a meteorite, if possible, take a picture of it and write the coordinates,” said Katherine Joy of the University of Manchester. You should not touch the rock.

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A week ago, two sweaters discovered an iron meteorite weighing nearly 14 kilograms northwest of Stockholm. This is the main part of the November 7 meteorite impact announced by the Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. The inventors – both geologists – handed over the same measurements to the museum.

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Norway recently a meteorite crashed into Earth: it struck near a measuring station near Luton, 120 kilometers from Oslo on the night of January 5th. The Narsar Seismic Research Foundation estimates that it hit the ground at speeds of more than 50,000 kilometers per hour and weighed up to two kilograms.