Monday 13 October 2014

Astronomy Scrapbook Monday 13th October 2014

October 13th 1914 Apple bridge Meteorite.

At 8.45 pm on the evening of  October 13th 1914 in the early days of World War 1 a meteorite landed  at a farm near Appleby Bridge close to Wigan in  Lancashire.

A bright fireball and a loud explosion was reported from  Manchester, Liverpool, Halifax, Northwich, Bolton, Macelesfield, plus many other towns.

The meteorite which was of a stone type weighed 15 kg. It was the second largest meteorite that has struck England. The largest being the Wold Cottage meteorite in the East Riding of Yorkshire which weighed 28 kg and landed in 1795.

Cast of the Appleby Bridge Meteorite

The meteorite was recovered the following morning  by workman from a field at Halliwell Farm near Appleby Bridge where it had  landed.

 Very few people thought it might be a rock from outer space, most thought it was caused by a bomb dropped from a German Zeppelin airship which was attacking England.

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