Lumpy, 30-pound meteorite that crashed in Sweden recovered in local village

It was part of a space rock that created a dramatic fireball over Uppsala.

Stephanie Pappas |

A 30-pound chunk of iron meteorite found in Uppsala, Sweden. (Image credit: Andreas Forsberg/Anders Zetterqvist.)>

A half-melted hunk of iron-rich rock found in Uppsala, Sweden, is part of a meteorite that fell there in November 2020. 

The lumpy meteorite is about the size of a loaf of bread and weighs around 31 pounds (14 kilograms), according to the Swedish Museum of Natural History. It was once part of a larger space rock, probably weighing more than 9 tons (8.1 metric tons), that created a dramatic fireball over Uppsala on Nov. 7. 

After that impact, scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History calculated the likely landing site and found some small fragments of iron meteorite near the village of Ådalen, according to a museum statement. The fragments were only about 0.1 inches (3 millimeters) long, but the investigation also turned up a boulder and a tree root that had clearly been hit by something heavy. 

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