Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 June 2019

Second meteor in weeks lights up UAE skies

Scientists have been hunting the Abu Dhabi desert for the first, which could contain important information about the history of the universe

  The International Astronomy Centre, in co-operation with local authorities, has been searching for the last potential meteorite that fell in the desert of Abu Dhabi last Tuesday and found several possible stones. 
  The International Astronomy Centre, in co-operation with local authorities, has been searching for the last potential meteorite that fell in the desert of Abu Dhabi last Tuesday and found several possible stones. 

A meteor was sighted last night by the Abu Dhabi’s Astronomy Centre — the second to blaze through the skies above the UAE this month.

The fireball was caught on cameras and seen by the public at 10.50pm. Astronomers are calculating its trajectory and determining whether or not it would have crashed into the Earth or burnt up on descent.

If it landed, it could reveal information about the formation of our solar system. Meteorites often contain data on the history of the Earth, Moon and stars. But before the hunt can begin, scientists will have to determine its landing site based on its speed and trajectory.

Several stones that could be the remains of a meteorite that fell on March 5 were found by astronomers in the landing site south of Al Wathba. The stones are being analysed.

Anyone with further information can contact astronomers at @AstronomyCenter or at astronomycenter.net.

Updated: March 13, 2019 02:17 PM

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