More than thirty years later, British scientists are happy that another meteorite has crashed in the United Kingdom. At the end of February when a few Brits looked at the night sky in amazement, a fireball went through the sky and exploded. Some fragments of the meteorite – a type of chondrite more than 4.6 billion years old – ended up in a family race in Gloucestershire and are now being investigated.
At ten o’clock in the evening on 28 February, a light lightning appeared in the south of England, which turned into a meteorite. Some rocks have been recovered from space and are now being explored by interested scientists. It is a chondrite, a type of meteorite formed when our solar system saw only daylight.
According to researchers, the “very rare” meteorite is more than 4.6 billion years old, thus formed before Earth, which formed about 4.5 billion years ago. “This concrete is particularly special because it contains remnants of the solar system’s building blocks,” said Dr. Ashley King of the Solar System. Museum of Natural History London BBC. “It has all the ingredients needed to unravel how a planet like Earth is formed.”
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