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Middlesbrough Meteorite

Courtesy (& with permission of) : York Museums Trust (Yorkshire Museum).


The Middlesbrough Meteorite hit the earth in 1881. It is about 4,500 million years old and was formed at the same time as the earth and the solar system.


On the afternoon of 14 March, 1881, a booming sound was heard over north-east Yorkshire. A few seconds later, at 3.35pm, workmen at a railway siding in Middlesbrough heard a 'rushing or roaring' sound overhead, followed by a thud, as something buried itself in the embankment nearby, just yards away from where they were working. They went to investigate and found a vertical hole in the ground with the meteorite at the bottom. Victorian scientists, including the famous astronomer Alexander Herschel, recognised the importance of the meteorite and it was carefully excavated and preserved in a box.


The meteorite is 6 inches long, weighs 3 pounds 8.75 ounces and has a crust of unusual thickness - it was recovered in one piece.

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Taken on January 5, 2006