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Friday, March 16, 2018

“Scientists have discovered magnetic anomalies that will help to search for the fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite”

Magnetic map of lake Chebarkul, where in February 2013 fell the fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite, were presented by scientists of the Ural Federal University. The experts hope to verify his supposition, that on the bottom of the lake there is one large meteorite fragment, to detect which far failed.

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According to scientists, they will need a month to process the obtained data. After that, researchers will be able to confirm or disprove earlier suspicion that in their study area is the 500-pound cluster of meteoritic material. Earlier on this idea of specialists led magnetic anomaly, previously detected on the cards three years ago.

The probability that the new map confirms the earlier assumption, is about fifty percent, experts say. It is also possible that the source of the magnetic anomaly may not be a meteorite, but any other object.

Fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite fell to Earth on 15 February 2013. Because of the shock wave in the explosion of the cosmic body in the atmosphere in many of the buildings were shattered glass. Hit 1 613 persons, and property damage amounted to nearly 500 thousand rubles. This event sparked additional interest in the study on the protection of the planet from the meteor threat.

The fragments of the meteor, dubbed “Chelyabinsk”, also became the subject of intense study by many specialists. Even after three years, the study of the meteorite continues to bear fruit — for example, it was recently discovered an unusual carbon crystal, which can be a rare form of diamond.

The largest found to date fragments, total weight exceeding 650 kg, was recovered from the bottom of lake Chebarkul on October 16, 2013.


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