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Monday, March 5, 2012

Meteor Mystery: Hunt For Space Rock Remains

A hunt is under way for the remains of a suspected meteor that was seen shooting across British skies.

Astronomers desperately want to track down any remnants of the space rock in the hope it could yield secrets about the birth of the Earth and solar system.

It was last spotted over the UK above Devon and there has been speculation it could have landed in Normandy, France - or perhaps in the Bay of Biscay.

Most meteors are only the size of tiny pebbles and burn up when they enter the Earth's atmosphere but this one was big enough for some to survive. It is thought to be about the size of a fist.

Even the slowest meteors travel at 10 miles a second - which is much faster than a speeding bullet.

Dr Marek Kukula, public astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, has said any remnants could be worth more than their weight in gold. Read More