The Murchison Meteorite

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The Murchison Meteorite

#1  Postby Macdoc » Oct 02, 2019 12:01 am

When a space visitor came to country Victoria

Half a century of science and intrigue.

By Fiona Pepper

In the small farming town of Murchison, two hours north of Melbourne, many locals were making their way to church. One was celebrating his 21st birthday, and the Gillick brothers were building a ferret cage in their back yard.

But at 10.58am everyone stopped what they were doing and looked to the sky.

They didn’t know it yet but a 4.6-billion-year-old meteorite had just rained down on their town.

“Our 11-year-old son and our seven-year-old daughter were out on the front verandah and I heard this ‘ba-boom, ba-boom, ba-boom’.

“I called out, ‘John stop jumping on the verandah!’ and he said, ‘It’s not me mum, it’s up in the sky.’
“We rushed outside and we could see this puff of blue smoke, right up in the clear blue sky and we realised something had happened.”

Aside from the noise, Marianne says there was also a strong smell of methylated spirits.

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enjoyable read and I learned a bunch... :grin: :coffee:
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