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The Mystery of the Barwell meteorite | Natural History Museum

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Fireballs associated with the Barwell Meteorite

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Barwell Meteorite chunks fail to hit target at auction

Two pieces of the Barwell meteorite are being kept by a collector after failing to reach their reserve price at auction.
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Barwell meteorite fragments sell for 2400 each

Two fragments of a turkey-sized meteorite which came to earth in Leicestershire at Christmas nearly 50 years ago have been sold for 2,400 each. The chunks, about the size of golf balls, went under the hammer yesterday at an auction in Edinburgh.

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Britain's largest meteorite - which landed in Barwell - to go under the hammer

Two chunks of the infamous rock are going under the hammer and bids are expected to be out of this world with the rock fetching 65 per gramme.
And owner Rob Elliott has revealed that there may still be pieces of it scattered across the area where it landed.

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The Barwell (L5) meteorite fell in England, on the 24th December, 1965.
A total mass of 44 kg was recovered.

52 33' 55"N, 1 20' 23"W



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8,000 is paid for Barwell meteorite
A meteorite fragment as old as the Earth itself which landed in Leicestershire has been sold for 8,000.
The 2lb lump of space rock was part of the meteorite that broke up over Barwell on Christmas Eve 1965, showering the village with fragments.

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Harold Platt was delighted when he sold a bit of a meteorite which fell on Barwell in 1965.
Villager Mr Platt received 39.50p from what was then Leicester Museum for his fragment of Britain's largest meteorite. It was enough to pay for his summer holiday.
Now, though, slivers of the Barwell meteorite have become much more valuable.

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On Christmas Eve of 1965, one of the largest meteorites recorded in British history landed in the quiet and unsuspecting village of Barwell, in Leicestershire, England. A witness declared, "All of a sudden there was this tremendous bang, a roaring noise - it shook the buildings - it was awful." No one was injured, though Christmas carollers later related that they unknowingly stumbled over specimens on their journey through the town. A British scientist explained that the reported noise was produced by a sonic boom from a meteorite which would have been the size of a Christmas turkey before it exploded into thousands of pieces and rained down over the village.

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