So far, more than 100 pieces have been discovered which appear to be from the meteorite.
The biggest fragment found so far was discovered by scientists from Russia’s Urals Federal University on February 25, 2013, during an expedition in the Chelyabinsk region. Talking to reporters about the expedition and findings, Victor Grokhovsky of the Russian Academy of Sciences Meteorite Committee, said:
“About 30 skiers of the University Tourist Club participated in the expedition. They were divided into groups and skied for 50 kilometers. Some groups found meteorite pieces and some did not.
“The biggest piece weighs over one kilogram: the precise weighting is still ahead,” continued Grokhovsky. (1)
Lake Chebarkul’s Secrets
After being analysed back at a laboratory, scientists identified the fragment as being a regular chondrite, which contains about 10% iron. Besides what is the biggest chunk of the meteorite to be found so far, the expedition also brought back 50 other fragments that were found near a hole on Lake Chebarkul.
Witnesses in the Chelyabinsk region reported that a stony meteor shower had taken place during the time of the explosion. Researchers believe that the majority of the meteorite fragments are likely to be at the bottom of the lake, with Grokhovsky stating that the bulk of the meteorite up to 60 centimetres in diameter may have sunk in the lake. (1)
Valuable Info on Extraterrestrial Activity?
As Top Secret Writers reported last month, the Russian meteorite explosion, which was the largest explosion of its kind in more than a century, injuring more than 1,000 people and shocking the community, may provide scientists with some valuable answers about past meteorite explosions and will inevitably advance the world’s understanding of extraterrestrial activity. (2)
Given how much natural explosions such as the one that took place over the city of Chelyabinsk on February 15 this year can enhance scientists’ understanding of space, it is important that as much debris as possible from the explosion is found and analyzed.
Hence the urgency for expeditions such as the one organized by the University Tourist Club, in order to recover some of the fragments.
According to Universe Today, so far, hundreds of pieces of the famous meteorite have been found along a 50-kilometer trail under the famous meteorite’s flight path. As well as being scattered along the path the meteorite took, small fragments have also been found in an eight-meter wide crater in Lake Chebarkul.
Viktor Grokhovsky believes that there are plenty more fragments to be found in the lake, including possibly the biggest chunk, which he estimates at being approximately 60 centimeters in diameter. (3)
Meteorites are essentially debris from the formation of the solar system. Unlike the rock from the earth, which has been reprocessed by geological elements, most meteorites that arrive on our planet have never undergone any repossessing and are found on earth as they were when the solar system was formed. As Curious About Astronomy states:
“By examining a meteorite, we are looking at the chemical composition of the solar system as it was being born.” (4)
In this sense, when a meteorite is propelled onto planet earth and explodes here, as it did with prolific consequences on February 15th, its fragments are lucrative objects for scientists.
While fragments of meteorites are naturally important to scientists and meteorologists in order to advance our understanding of our solar system, geology and atmospheres of other planets millions of years ago, if you are looking to buy a piece of the famous Ural meteorite, you should proceed with caution. There have been reports of people selling what they claim to be genuine fragments of the Russian meteorite, when in reality, these are nothing more than a normal piece of rock.