The meteor was spotted by more than 25 meteor cameras, but has not been found

Fireball lighting the sky dropped a meteorite in South Wales, where locals are asked to watch out

Fireball illuminating the sky could have dropped a meteorite in South Wales, scientists say, as locals are urged to look out for ‘tiny, dark space rocks’ – but warned not to touch them

  • Last week, a fireball lit up the sky in South Wales’ Rhondda Cynon Taf of Bridgend
  • More than 20 kg of rock from an asteroid entered the atmosphere at a speed of 30 km per second
  • The meteor is probably smaller than an apple and a shiny black or brown stone
  • If someone finds the meteor, they are told not to touch it or go near it with a magnet

People have been asked to look out for a meteorite that landed in South Wales last week.

The UK Fireball Alliance (UKFAll) said a fireball lit up the night sky and may have landed somewhere in Bridgend County or Rhondda Cynon Taf, according to the BBC.

The UKFA confirmed that the sighting took place on 12 May at 00:40 BST and that some may have heard a sonic boom. Wales online.

Will Gater, an astronomer, science journalist and astrophotographer said, “We need the public’s help now to keep an eye on small, dark space rocks!”

Scientists are reminding people not to touch the meteor with bare hands or a magnet, as this could damage the dark outer crust.

dr. Jana Horák of the National Museum Cardiff said the meteorite is “probably shiny black or brown.”

It was captured by more than 25 meteor cameras coordinated by the UK Fireball Alliance, as well as several security cameras and dashcams owned by members of the public.

The meteor was spotted by more than 25 meteor cameras, but has not been found

The meteor cast a bright light that lit up the night sky

The meteor cast a bright light that lit up the night sky

The UK Fireball Alliance believes a meteorite fell in this area

The UK Fireball Alliance believes a meteorite fell in this area

The meteor was sighted over the sky in the early morning hours, leading to over 200 sightings reported to the UK Meteor Network from locations shown on the map above

The meteor was sighted over the sky in the early morning hours, leading to over 200 sightings reported to the UK Meteor Network from locations shown on the map above

dr. Horák, a UKFALL member, asks if anyone has found anything unusual this weekend, as he said that looking for stones smaller than an apple in such a large area is like looking for a needle in a haystack. .

About 20 kg of rock from the asteroid entered the atmosphere at a speed of nearly 30 km per second, most of which would have evaporated within seconds.

However, it has been calculated that about 100 g of space rock survived and landed in an area just north of the town of Bridgend.

dr.  Jana Horák of the National Museum Cardiff said the meteorite is 'probably shiny black or brown'

dr. Jana Horák of the National Museum Cardiff said the meteorite is ‘probably shiny black or brown’

If you find something, don't use your bare hands and don't touch the meteor with magnets

If you find something, don’t use your bare hands and don’t touch the meteor with magnets

Analysis by @UK_Fireball teams suggests 100g of meteorite material passed through Earth's atmosphere and most likely landed in South Wales

Analysis by @UK_Fireball teams suggests 100g of meteorite material passed through Earth’s atmosphere and most likely landed in South Wales

Sightings of fireball meteors are rare, but thousands of meteors enter Earth’s atmosphere every day, according to the International Meteor Organization.

Most meters enter through the ocean and uninhabited areas, or are hidden in broad daylight, so not visible.

The UK Meteor Network, a group that records meteors and fireballs over the United Kingdom, said it had received multiple reports of a “fireball” in the sky.

Just a few days earlier, on May 12, another meteor was seen overhead in the early morning hours, leading to more than 200 sightings reported to the UK Meteor Network.

If you think you’ve found the meteor, contact the UK Fireball Alliance here https://www.ukfall.org.uk/

Anyone who believes they have found a piece of the meteorite is asked to send a photo and location coordinates to: wales@ukfall.org.uk

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