Monday 14 March 2016

Astrognome Scrapbook Middlesbrough Meteorite

Middlesbrough Meteorite

The Middlesbrough Meteorite fell in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England on March 14, 1881 at 3.35 pm. The meteorite weighed 3.3 pounds and landed at Pennyman’s Sidings on the North East Railway line around 1 mile from Middlesbrough.

 The meteorite was seen to fall by railway men working close to a signal box. They pulled the rock from the crater it made; it was described as being milk warm hot.

The meteorite is described as being a text book example of an oriented meteorite. It is coned shaped meaning that the meteorite spun on its axes as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere with only face being burnt. It is a stone type meteorite.  

The meteorite became the property of the North Eastern Railway Company who declaring it lost property and waited 6 months for someone to claim it. The meteorite was not claimed so they donated to the Yorkshire Museum in York where it can be seen on display.

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