When the year 6/7’s of Mrs Lindon’s class walked into science one Tuesday morning they were expecting a normal lesson… but they were wrong! Eric had a special surprise for them – a real meteorite from space! This meteorite is said to be at least 28 metres in diameter (about the size of our 3/4/5 building) before it entered our atmosphere. As it flew through the Earth’s atmosphere the forces disintegrated it to a level where it could sit in the palm of your hand. The meteorite is a type of meteorite called an ironite.
Did you know…
Before a meteor becomes a shooting star, it is a piece of debris floating through space, called a Meteoroid. Before Meteorites hit the ground, they are meteors. Meteors shoot across the Earth, often called ‘shooting stars’.
This small meteorite that somehow got into a local school parent’s cupboard would have created a crater of at least 10 metres in diameter. The entire class was astounded by the weight and shape of the alien space rock, some people even suggested there may be a microlife form living on its’ surface. The tiny meteorite has a weight of around 1.5 kilos, heavier than anyone in the class could have imagined. The surface was bumpy and not hot nor cold, with different coloured details over it’s surface. But, from a distance away it could easily be a normal rock. The whole experience was truly once in a lifetime. Thank you Eric for showing us this amazing meteorite!
By Lily Scales, Sam Gonzalez and Sasha Lebedev