Given a clear night and enough time, watching shooting stars streak across the sky isn’t too much of a challenge. But tracking down meteorite fragments that may have survived their entry into the Earth’s atmosphere is a different story. Now, thanks to a network of cameras in Australia’s desert and reports from helpful stargazers, a group of researchers has recovered a freshly-fallen meteorite just a week after it landed.
Studying meteorites is one of the best ways to learn new details about the objects speeding through our solar system, but getting one in good condition can be difficult. Most disintegrate during entry, and the ones that do make it to the ground are subjected to the elements—rain can readily dissolve and weather away parts of the space rock, Colin Cosier reports for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. While researchers can use observatories and cameras to track these falling rocks, the more eyes on the sky mean a …
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