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In the early hours of 21 September 1949, many people in north Wales and Cheshire saw a brilliant light travelling rapidly across the sky. At 1.45 am a guest at the Prince Llewelyn Hotel, Beddgelert heard a series of dull explosions, followed by three or four seconds' silence, ending with a buzzing sound 'like a light aeroplane' which grew in intensity until a sound of shattering roof slates was heard.
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Title: The Beddgelert meteorite
Authors: Chackett, K. F.; Golden, J.; Mercer, E. R.; Paneth, F. A.; Reasbeck, P.

The paper contains the reports of eye-witnesses, and the results of physical and chemical investigations of the meteorite which fell on September 21, 1949 at Beddgelert in North Wales. Eleven days after its fall it showed no beta-activity. It is to be classed as a black chondrite with 18% free metal. Density 364. A number of chemical elements have been identified by spectroscopy. Quantitative analyses have been carried out for uranium, thorium and helium; these elements have been determined separately in the stone and the metal phase and the figures obtained seem to indicate that the stone-phase of the meteorite solidified much earlier than the iron-phase.

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The Beddgelert (H5) meteorite fell in Wales, UK, on the 21st September, 1949.
A total mass of 0.794 kg was recovered.

53 1'N, 4 6'W



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Sixty years ago a meteorite fell on a Snowdonia village, smashing a hole in a hotel roof.
Now the Beddgelert incident is being remembered in a series of events involving scientists, the public and schools.
Beddgelert Village Hall will be open on 19 September for people to find out more.

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