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Meteorite Rush

Friday’s blast and ensuring shockwave shattered windows, injured almost 1200 people and caused $ 32 million worth of damage, said local authorities.

It also started a “Meteorite Rush “around the city of Chelyabinsk, 1500 kilometres east of Moscow, where groups of people have started combing through the snow and ice.

“The price is hard to tell yet… the fewer meteorites that are recovered; the higher the price “says Dmitry Kachlin, a member of the Russian Society of Amateur Meteorite Lovers. Meteorites are parts of a Meteor that have fallen to earth

The fragments were only 0.5 to 1 centimetres across but the scientists said larger pieces may have crashed into the lake, where a crater in the ice about eight meters wide opened up after Fridays explosion.

“We just completed tests and confirm that the pieces of matter found by our experts around Lake Chebarkul are really meteorites, “said Viktor Grokhovsky, a scientist with the Urals Federal University and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

“These are classified as ordinary rocks from outta space, or stony meteorites, with an iron content of about 10 per cent, “he told RIA news agency. The main fireball streaked across the sky at speed of about 30 km/s, according to Russian space agency Roscosmos, before crashing into the snowy wastes.

More than 20, 000 people took part in search and clean-up operations at the weekend in and around Chelyabinsk, which is in the heart of a region packed with industrial military plants.

The authenticity of the items was hard to ascertain.

One seller of a large, silver-hued rock wrote in an ad on the portal Avito. ru: “Selling an unusual rock it may be a piece of meteorite, it may a bit of a UFO, it may be a piece of a rocket”.

Ask Me Anything!

Dear Lauren, how far away is the earth from the sun? cheers, The rock loving guy


It's about 3 planets away from the sun I think. and I think Mars is the most hottest planet cause. Well, it's Mars! and they are studying for Alien life forms on Mars, so soon enough we will find out about the red planet.

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