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'Extraterrestrial organic compounds' found in 2018 Michigan 'fireball'

FOX News

Michigan residents were perplexed when a falling meteor lit up the night sky. These must-see videos captured the exact moment you have to see to believe. In 2018, a meteorite fell to Earth, causing a fireball that streaked across the sky in Michigan. Now, researchers have discovered the space rock contains "extraterrestrial organic compounds." The study, published in the scientific journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science, notes the meteorite was an H4 chondrite (only 4% of all meteorites that fall to Earth are H4 chondrites).


'Extremely rare' Winchcombe meteorite goes on display at London's Natural History Museum

Daily Mail - Science & tech

To many, it might just look like a piece of gravel, but this rock has an extraordinary tale to tell. It is in fact a piece of a meteorite, which has been floating around in space for more than four billion years. It fell to Earth in spectacular fashion in February, crash landing in the Cotswolds and sparking a frantic search effort. After being found in a sheep field, it is now on display at the Natural History Museum, which will reopen to the public on Monday 17 May. The space rock, named the'Winchcombe meteorite' after the town where it landed, is an extremely rare type called a carbonaceous chondrite.


Meteorite hunters find first fragments of Michigan meteor

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Meteorite hunters who flocked to Detroit from across the U.S. after a meteor exploded are finding the fragments.


Rare meteorite fragments discovered in Germany: Space rocks from recent fireball shine purple and blue under a microscope

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have discovered fragments from an extremely rare meteorite strike that took place above Germany earlier this month. Experts from Munster said they are'delighted' to recover several fragments identified as being of the'LL Chondritenklasse' (LL chondrite) class of meteorite - mostly stone with very little metal inside. The latest fragments, which struck the earth in the municipality of Stubenberg in Bavaria, are already being studied excitedly by experts, who anticipate more fragments will still turn up. Experts from Munster said they are'delighted' to recover several fragments identified as being of the'LL Chondritenklasse' (LL chondrite) class of meteorite - mostly stone with very little metal inside. The fireball was spotted over Bavaria on 6 March.


Winchcombe meteorite has its classification formally accepted

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A piece of space rock that fell to Earth in a blazing fireball in February is now formally known as the'Winchcombe meteorite', after experts approved its classification. While the rock was assumed to come from space, it had to be assessed and recognised by the international Meteoritical Society to become official. The space rock fell to Earth in a fireball seen from across the UK, eventually landing in the Cotswold town of Winchcombe back in February. Details of the confirmation were published in the bulletin database of the society, after confirming it dates back 4.6 billion years, to the beginning of the Solar System. It was donated the Natural History Museum, who say it is an unusual CM2 carbonaceous chondrite type of space rock with organic chemicals.