Lumpy, 30-pound meteorite that crashed in Sweden recovered in native village

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A half-melted hunk of iron-rich rock present in Uppsala, Sweden, is a part of a meteorite that fell there in November 2020. 

The lumpy meteorite is in regards to the dimension of a loaf of bread and weighs round 31 kilos (14 kilograms), in response to the Swedish Museum of Pure Historical past. It was as soon as half of a bigger area rock, most likely weighing greater than 9 tons (8.1 metric tons), that created a dramatic fireball over Uppsala on Nov. 7. 

After that influence, scientists on the Swedish Museum of Pure Historical past calculated the possible touchdown web site and located some small fragments of iron meteorite close to the village of Ådalen, in response to a museum assertion. The fragments had been solely about 0.1 inches (3 millimeters) lengthy, however the investigation additionally turned up a boulder and a tree root that had clearly been hit by one thing heavy. 

Geologists Andreas Forsberg and Anders Zetterqvist maintain the meteorite they found, which fell over Sweden on Nov. 7, 2020. (Picture credit score: Andreas Forsberg/Anders Zetterqvist)

Stockholm geologists Andreas Forsberg and Anders Zetterqvist headed again to the location and located a a lot bigger piece — possible the one which smashed the boulder. The piece was about 230 ft (70 meters) from the world the place the fragments had been discovered, partially buried in moss. One aspect is flattened and cracked, possible from the collision, and the meteorite is pockmarked with round depressions. These depressions are frequent in iron meteorites, in response to the museum, they usually type when the area rock partially melts throughout its passage by the ambiance. 

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