On February 28, thousands of British residents watched a huge meteorite fall for six seconds. Unlike most of his congeners, who burn without a trace when entering the atmosphere, he landed, crumbled into small fragments, in the courtyard of the house of Rob and Catherine Wilcock, who live in the town of Winchcombe in Gloucestershire.
This is the first space alien to visit Foggy Albion in the past 30 years. According to scientists from the British Museum of Natural History, where it is now located, the meteorite was “born” somewhere between Mars and Jupiter about 4.5 billion years ago.
According to Open University researcher Monica Grady, the fragments of the meteorite resemble pieces of a barbecue briquette and look very beautiful. It is classified as a carbonaceous chondrite, rarely found in space junk, and older than the planets in the solar system. Of the 65,000 meteorites in museums around the world, only 51 are his “relatives”.
The texture of the meteorite resembles soft clay. This means that ice was once part of it. Scientists suggest that despite its fragile structure, the space guest managed to survive, flying through the earth’s atmosphere, only due to a relatively low speed – about 47,000 km / h (usually aliens from the solar system fly five times faster).