Monday, 9 January 2017

Astrognome Scrapbook Ermington Meteorite

Ermington Meteorite

On January 10th 1623 a meteorite landed at Ermington, Devonshire England.  The meteorite or stone as it was described weighed 23 pounds. The stone was described as making a fearful noise first like the rumbling of a piece of ordnance, canon or culverin which in getting closer to the ground lessened and when upon the ground the noise ended.

It was described as being of matter like a stone singed or half burnt for lime.  It fell in an orchard close to some men who were planting trees there.  It was buried in the ground 3 feet deep, its dimensions were 3.5 feet in length, 2.5 feet in breadth, and 1.5 feet in thickness.

It was reported that pieces were broken off and were in the procession of some of the neighbouring gentry. Sadly nothing of this meteorite survives today and there are doubts as to the accuracy regarding the dimensions and weight of the meteorite.

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