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Winchcombe meteorite is helping us to understand more about asteroids [updated]


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Winchcombe meteorite is helping us to understand more about asteroids

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One of the UK’s most famous meteorites is helping scientists learn more about asteroids millions of kilometres away from Earth.

Knowing more about the chemical composition of the Winchcombe meteorite and comparing it to asteroid data could help unravel some of the mysteries of our solar system.

Since it crash-landed in the eponymous town in Gloucestershire in 2021, scientists have been attempting to unlock the secrets of the Winchombe meteorite. The rare piece of space rock is now giving us a pristine look at asteroids that are otherwise difficult to study at great distances.

 

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Winchcombe meteorite's history revealed by fresh analysis

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A meteorite that landed in a sheep field was repeatedly smashed apart and reassembled on the journey through space, scientists reveal.

Latest analysis of the Winchcombe meteorite suggests water may have played a role in its violent odyssey.

The meteorite is the first to be found on UK soil for 30 years.

Paper co-author Dr Diane Johnson said research like this helps to understand the Solar System's formation.

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