Meteor Strike On Christmas Eve 1965

piece of the Barwell Meteorite

piece of the Barwell Meteorite

On Christmas Eve, December 24, 1965, the villagers of Barwell, in Leicester (pronounced “Less-ta”) were host to the largest meteorite to strike Britain, a 100 lb chunk of space rock that burst into pieces just prior to striking. The original chunk has been described as having been roughly the size of a turkey.

meteor is the visible flash made by what had been an asteroid - a rocky, subplanetary object moving through space, but which has entered the atmosphere. Meteorites are the actual rocky objects that land on Earth. Like over 86% of all witnessed meteorite strikes, the Barwell meteorite is a chondrite. Chondrites are formed from the slow accretion of dust and other small particles, typically without any significant contribution from heat. They are primarily silicon, with abundant nickel and iron.

While most meteorites are tiny, ranging from the size of dust-mote to the size of a pea, there are enough of them that they contribute quite a bit of mass to the Earth – NASA estimates from 37,000 to 78,000 tons each year.

 

A piece of the meteorite was recently sold for eight thousand pounds.

To this day, no one can say whether the people of Leicester had been naughty or nice.

 

Leicester when not being struck by meteorites.

Leicester when not being struck by meteorites.

by Todd Jackson

 

 

We will read your comment immediately so leave a remark!

RSS Guardian Express

  • Nokia Halts Lumia 2520 Tablet Due to Faulty Chargers April 17, 2014
    Nokia has halted the sale of its new Lumia 2520 tablet due to faulty chargers. Those who currently have the tablet are being warned to stop using the AC-300 charger right now. There are fears that the fault could lead to electric shocks. The good news is there are no confirmed incidents yet. The news […]
    Alexandria Ingham
  • J.K. Rowling Continues Potterverse With Ginny Weasley April 17, 2014
    J.K. Rowling has continued her Potterverse with articles written by Ginny Weasley, under her married name Ginny Potter. The Harry Potter author is continuing with works that she knows will make her money, and focusing on the Quidditch World Cup. It seems like she cannot get enough of her fictional world, and who can blame […]
    Alexandria Ingham
  • Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers, Can They Reconcile April 17, 2014
    Everyone in Packer land has an opinion on what happened between the Green Bay Packers and Favre. Thompson, Executive Vice President of the team, and Brett Favre were unable to come to an agreement after the 2007 season. The deal left a bad taste for a lot of fans, wondering why Thompson would let their […]
    Jabar Morarend
  • Republican Party Backs Cory Gardner at Colorado State Assembly April 17, 2014
    Last weekend Colorado Republicans held their State Assembly in Greenwood Village to gear up for an ever more closely contested election to be held in November.  The Assembly showed just how strongly the Republican Party backs current U.S. House Representative Cory Gardner within state ranks as their candidate for the available Colorado seat in the […]
    Joseph Porter
  • Bottle of Wine Is NSW Premier’s Undoing April 17, 2014
    Red, red wine, goes to your head, sang UB40 back in the eighties. “Makes you forget..” It certainly had a potent effect on Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’ Farrell’s memory. The NSW premier completely forgot he had been given a bottle of the most expensive wine ever produced in Australia, the legendary Penfold’s […]
    Kate Henderson

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 628 other subscribers

Quantcast