Found a fragment of an asteroid that collapsed over France

Members of the French search group Fripon/Vigie-Ciel found a meteorite, apparently a fragment of the asteroid 2023 CX1. This is stated in a message published on the website of the International Meteor Organization.

A meteorite, presumably a fragment of the asteroid 2023 CX1. Source: FRIPON/Vigie-Ciel

2023 CX1 was discovered on the evening of February 12. Its size was about one meter, it was moving at a speed of 14 km/s relative to the Earth. The calculations carried out by the researchers showed that in just seven hours 2023 CX1 would enter the atmosphere of our planet over the coast of Normandy. As a result, many amateur astronomers on both sides of the English Channel aimed their cameras at the sky in the hope of capturing a rare event.

Their expectations were fully met. 2023 CX1 entered the Earth’s atmosphere exactly at the estimated time and over the predicted area. As a result, many very spectacular photos and videos of the event were taken.

As for the fate of 2023 CX1, it collapsed in the upper layers of the earth’s atmosphere. But, although most of the celestial guest burned up in the atmosphere, some of its fragments could still reach the surface. Therefore, several teams of enthusiasts began searching in the area of the expected fallout of fragments. Among them was an astrogroup called Fripon/Vigie-Ciel. In normal times, they are engaged in the observation of fireballs.

The Fripon/Vigie-Ciel group together with the meteorite they found. Source: FRIPON/Vigie-Ciel

The participants of Fripon/Vigie-Ciel were lucky. Just a few hours after the start of the search, they managed to find a meteorite in the area between Dieppe and Doudeville. The analysis has already confirmed the extraterrestrial origin of the rock. With a very high probability, it is one of the fragments of 2023 CX1.

You can also read about the meteorite found by the Curiosity rover on Mars.

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