Small meteorite that fell between Prato and Pistoia, the research started – Cronaca

Small meteorite that fell between Prato and Pistoia, the research started – Cronaca
Small meteorite that fell between Prato and Pistoia, the research started – Cronaca

Prato, 3 October 2021 – A little one meteorite, weighing approximately between 30 and 100 grams, it fell in the night between 1 and 2 October between the provinces of Prato and Pistoia. The fireball was ‘sighted’ by eight cameras of the Prisma space network located in Tuscany and central Italy.

“After the preliminary analysis of the meteor, the experts of the Prisma network, coordinated by the National Institute of Astrophysics, determined that the meteor should have fallen into an area between the towns of Lucciano (Pistoia) and Oste (Prato) – explains in a note the director of the Parsec Foundation which includes the Museum of Planetary Sciences of Prato, Marco Morelli -. And that’s where we’ll look for it. The chances of finding such a small object in a short time are very low ».

Already from tomorrow field research will begin and on Tuesday there will be an operational meeting to organize the exploration on the ground through an app that will allow you to trace the areas already sieved. «I am sure that many amateurs will join the research, any help is precious – adds Morelli -. But anyone who finds a small stone with the characteristics of a meteorite, a stone covered with a dark patina and with rounded corners, must immediately notify us, perhaps by sending a photo. The commercial value of meteorites is very low compared to the scientific one ».

«Who found or thought they had found one – the experts explain in this regard – he must not touch it with his hands, but photograph it and contact the Museum of Planetary Sciences in Prato ». In January 2020 another meteorite reported by the Prisma network was found in the countryside of Carpi (Modena).

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