A large ball of fire hits Chihuahua

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Monday, 11 February 2019

1969 - In the night of February 8 in 1969, a large fireball was witnessed falling over the Mexican state of Chihuahua. It turned out to be a meteorite, later called the Allende meteorite. Allende weighed more than two tons. With that weight it was the largest meteorite ever found on Earth.

Schoolkids searching for rocks
The news of a giant fireball falling near Chihuahua spread fast and an extensive search was set up to find as many pieces as possible. Smithsonian scientists Brian H. Mason and Roy S. Clarke searched for pieces with local schoolchildren who agreed to help in change for soft drinks. Various institutions studied the collected specimens.

Important discovery for science
The newest equipment was used to study the meteorite, which NASA also used to study lunar material from the Apollo 11 mission. They discovered the Allende meteorite contained calcium-aluminum inclusions, which was important information to scientists who study our solar system. The study of the Allende meteorite became an integral part of earth science and the development of scientific fields.


360 trivial fact
The Allende meteorite is baptized The Rosetta Stone of planetology, which is a piece of granite stone, found in 1799. The text engraved in the Rosetta Stone proved to be important for deciphering hieroglyphics, just as the study of the Allende meteorite provided important for science. So you see, what seems like just a piece of rock to us, can be very important to science and scientists.




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