'Meteorite lands near Stoke-on-Trent' as fireball flies over

Meteorites likely 'landed near Stoke-on-Trent' when a bright fireball passed overhead. Scientists have recorded the fireball which passed over the UK in the early hours of Monday, May 6.

It is likely to have dropped meteorites to the south-east of Stoke-on-Trent - in the areas of Rough Close, Tean, Blythe Bridge and Freehay. Now The UK Fireball Alliance (UKFAll) wants to hear from anyone who has found dark rocks in the past week.

UKFAll is a collaboration of camera networks that aims to record meteors and fireballs and recover freshly-fallen meteorites in the UK. It is three years ago since a meteorite was discovered in the Cotswolds.

Dr Luke Daly, from UKFAll, said: “Meteorites are rocks that naturally arrive on Earth from space and can be studied to understand how planets and the solar system formed. Our cameras tracked the fireball as one of these rocks entered the atmosphere at 4am last Monday morning and we estimate that maybe 500g of meteorite landed near Stoke-on- Trent. If you’re in the local area and have found any dark-looking rocks in the last week, we want to hear from you."

Colleague Doctor Ashley King added: “The meteorite won’t be hot and is safe to handle although, if possible, please don’t pick it up with bare hands as that will contaminate the rock. It’s probably a glossy black or brown colour or may have a glassy outer surface and may be in a place where rocks aren’t usually found, such as on a lawn or footpath. We don’t want anyone taking risks looking for it or going into areas where you shouldn’t. But if you do find something out-of-place, we’ll definitely be interested to check it out.”

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