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Meteorites

  • Meteorite Impact and Explosion in India

    A meteorite-like object fell from the sky in Rajasthan’s Sanchore town on Friday morning, June 19, 2020.

    The object resulted in a one-foot-deep crater and created an explosive sound that was heard up to two kilometers away, triggering panic across the region.

    Even three hours after it hit the ground, the meteor-like object was emitting heat, leading many to believe it may explode.

    It weighs three kilograms and made an explosive sound at the time of its crash, say locals.

    Officials advised locals to stay away from the impact area. After it cooled down, it was put in a jar. The unidentified object is currently with the police and under investigation.

    There was a massive sound in the morning when the object fell from the sky — it was as if an airplane had crashed. However, no one could spot what had fallen.

    “It was only after sometime that the object was noticed in a one-foot-deep pit in the ground. It had fallen about 100 meters from my house. We immediately informed local authorities,” says Ajmal Devasi, a local.

    Mangal Singh, Information Bureau Inspector, Jalore district, said, “After we received information about the unidentified object, department officials reached the spot. The unidentified object was found to be three kilos heavy and was very hot. Investigation is underway.”

  • The day that hundreds of pieces of meteorite rained down on Brazilian town

    Thousands of people have rushed to a remote Santa Filomena in northeastern Brazil after hundreds of chunks of a huge meteorite began to fall ‘like rain’ from the sky.  

    Up to 200 fragments of the meteorite, which fell on August 19, have been found so far. And there may be much more left.

    The biggest piece weighed 40kg and is worth over $26,800 – the same as 10 years’ worth of the average salary in the area – and was found on August 27. 

    Locals living in the town now refer to the meteorite storm as a ‘miracle‘ and the day when ‘money fell from the sky.’

    Most of the biggest rocks were found around the church, further convincing locals that the rare meteorite was ‘sent by God.’

    Within hours of the rocks falling, meteorite hunters travelled to the town from other parts of Brazil, as well as professional collectors from the US and Uruguay. 

    A team of 4 scientists from Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeirois trying to negotiate a price for the biggest stone. They fear they won’t be able to beat the price being offered by an American hunter, and that the rare rock will be shipped out of Brazil.

    The meteorite is believed to be a rare chondrite which dates back to the origins of the Solar System. Only 1% of meteorites are of this type, and specimens can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. The largest chondrite ever recorded weighs 1,770kg and was recovered from the Jilin meteorite shower of 1976.

    Strange Meteorite-Like Object Falls From the Sky

    In recent months the Earth's upper atmosphere has been ablaze with an incredible array of space rocks, some of which have resulted in a sonic like boom, while a few have actually crashed to Earth in the form of meteorites.

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