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UK gets its first meteor fragment in 30 years

Published:Thursday | March 11, 2021 | 12:22 AMBANG Bizarre

Fragments of a meteorite have been discovered on a driveway in Gloucestershire.

The piece was located after scientists reconstructed the flight path of the fireball that tore across the skies last month. It is the first meteorite material to be found in the UK for 30 years.

The black chunk of rock is a carbonaceous chondrite that has never been seen before in Britain.

Dr. Richard Greenwood, a planetary scientist at the Open University, said he was "in shock" when he first saw the lump of rock.

He added: "It’s emotional being the first one to confirm to the people standing in front of you that the thud they heard on their driveway overnight is in fact the real thing.

"I looked in this plastic bag it had been put in, and my legs went wobbly. It was unbelievable. This is a very special meteorite."