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Space mystery: Meteorite hunt begins after massive fireball spotted in England

NewsSpace mystery: Meteorite hunt begins after massive fireball spotted in England


Scientists believe that fragments of the meteor, which was spotted streaking over the west of England last Wednesday night, may have landed somewhere south of Shrewsbury. Despite searching all Easter weekend, experts from the UK Fireball Alliance (UKFAll) have so far struggled to find any space rock fragments. 

The alliance of academics and scientists have now called on the local community to help recover the meteorite.

Dr Luke Daly of UKFAll and the University of Glasgow said: “We think about 500g of meteorite survived to the ground in approximately four fragments just south of Shrewsbury.

“Given the amount of wheat and oilseed rape in the area, we have been literally looking for a needle in a haystack. 

“Now the UK Fireball Alliance are asking people in the area if they’ve found anything interesting in their back gardens or driveways over the bank holiday weekend to let them know.”



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