[meteorite-list] UK possible meteorite (but probably not)
ensoramanda ensoramanda at ntlworld.com
Fri Jul 21 17:38:29 EDT 2006
Darren Garrison wrote:
Rock came out of the blue
20 July 2006
It came from outer space - and nearly hit three Caister teenagers.
Friends Christian Baker, Liam Luxton and Jason Hewitt, all 14, were on
Caister beach at about 6.30pm on Monday when they saw a rock falling from the sky.
Christian, a Caister High School pupil, said: “It fell quite close to us
and it was going at a high speed.
“When we picked it up it was too hot to hold for very long.”
He described the rock, now thought to be a metorite as about the size of
“It is coloured orange and black. I am definitely going to keep it - it is
The meteorite now has pride of place in Christian's home, and the family
are planning to see if anyone can positively identify it.
In August 2004 Lowestoft woman Pauline Aguss, 76, was left with a gash on the arm after being hit by a meteorite.
On average one meteorite falls every week to earth and the last
significant find in the UK was in 1991 in Peterborough.
notice [below] that Caister High school had a meteorite to look at recently...a bit of a coincidence that the kids from that area find one so soon afterwards eh? .... Llewrab (Graham Ensor)
From rural Norfolk to Mars...and beyond
Hundreds of teenagers in rural Norfolk are taking a trip to Mars this month, with the help of scientists from the University of East Anglia.
As part of a series of hands-on events, the pupils will don lab coats
and goggles to study snow algae – the indestructible ‘cosmic microbe’
which is the prime contender for ‘greening’ Mars to make it habitable to
humans. They will also hold a piece of meteorite in their hands that was whizzing through space less than five years ago and even extract their very own DNA.
The special UEA science taster workshops, funded by the Government’s Aim Higher initiative, will be held at schools across rural Norfolk
throughout the summer. The fun experiments include:
• Studying snow algae – a bizarre plant which turns snow pink and is the
prime contender for colonising Mars and making it habitable to humans. •
Extracting DNA from the pupils’ own cheeks which they wear home in a
glass vial attached to a necklace! • Examining ancient pieces of rock
which were hit by an asteroid 30 million years ago. • Testing the
physical strength of different plants – from passion flowers to cucumber
plants - to understand plant ecology.
Norfolk is one of the poorest performing counties in the UK in terms of
higher education take-up and the new UEA scheme targets schools where this is of particular concern.
Around 60 year 9/10 pupils (14 to 15-year-olds) from each of the
following schools will be taking part:
July 3 Alderman Peel High School, Wells-next-the-Sea July 4 Methwold
High School, Thetford July 6 Rosemary Musker High School, Thetford July
13 Park High School, King’s Lynn
The scheme is run by Dr Kay Yeoman and Dr Harriet Jones, of UEA’s School
of Biological Sciences, who will also be taking science out into the
community as part of the forthcoming BA Festival of Science hosted by
UEA, Norwich Research Park and Norwich City in September.
“Many youngsters in rural parts of the county do not consider science –
or even higher education – an option,” said Dr Yeoman.
“By taking UEA scientists out into the community, we are hoping to raise
youngsters’ aspirations. We are using science as a tool to inspire and
excite them about the world.”
The following schools have already taken part in the scheme: Caister
High School; Hammonds High School, Swaffham; North Walsham High School; Cliff Park High School, Gorleston; Charles Burrell High School,
Thetford; and Stalham High School.
One teacher said: “The main barriers pupils face are their low
aspirations and not wanting to be thought of as ‘clever’.”
Another commented: “The event was enjoyable and hands-on – the pupils were highly entertained. The school children were particularly excited by extracting, and seeing, their own DNA.”
The BA Festival of Science takes place from September 2-9 in venues
across the UEA campus, Norwich Research Park and Norwich City. To view the full programme, including the many events for children, visit
www.the-ba.net. You can book tickets on the website or by calling 0207
0194963. The BA Festival of Science is supported by the East of England
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