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Museum Gives $25,000 to Discover the Meteorite That Struck Earth

Final Saturday, residents in Calais, Maine, reported seeing a shiny meteorite within the sky for over 4 minutes, adopted by a loud sonic increase.

NASA confirmed the sighting, calling it the first-ever radar-observed meteor fall within the space.

Now a neighborhood museum is providing a reward for locating the meteorite someplace within the woods between Maine and the Canadian border.

Darryl Pitt, head of the meteorite division on the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum, advised CNN the reward was for a meteorite piece discovered that weighs 2.2 kilos (1 kilogram) or extra. However he conceded that the museum can be prepared to pay for nearly any a part of the meteorite.

Pitt warned meteorite hunters to watch out of their seek for treasure.

“Discovering meteorites in woods of Maine. It is not the best of the environments,” he mentioned. “It is a sparsely populated space however not as sparsely populated as the place most meteorites fall — the ocean,” he added.

Why the bounty?

The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum in Bethel, Maine, is aware of their meteorites. Based on its web site, the museum “reveals the biggest show of Lunar and Martian meteorites on Earth.” Not dangerous for a tiny city of two,600 individuals.

What makes the area rock so worthwhile as to warrant a reward?

Of the estimated 500 meteorites that attain the Earth’s floor annually, lower than ten are recovered, in keeping with the Planetary Science Establishment. It’s because most fall into the ocean, land in distant areas, or are usually not seen to fall (through the night time).

What’s uncommon is treasured.

“Meteorites that fall to Earth signify a few of the unique, various supplies that shaped planets billions of years in the past,” in keeping with NASA. “By learning meteorites, we will find out about early circumstances and processes within the photo voltaic system’s historical past.”

Meteorite fragments might be difficult little buggers to seek out. They resemble Earth rocks however often have a burned exterior that may seem shiny.

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