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Space rocks worth staggering £140,000 could be scattered in Cheltenham fields

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SPACE rocks worth up to £140,000 could be scattered in fields near Cheltenham, a meteor expert claims.

The remnants of a fireball that lit up skies on Sunday may be as big as basketballs, says Mike Farmer, who has traded meterorites worth millions of pounds.

Space rocks worth up to £140,000 could be scattered in fields near Cheltenham after a meteor flashed over England on Sunday night
Space rocks worth up to £140,000 could be scattered in fields near Cheltenham after a meteor flashed over England on Sunday night

US-based collector Mike, 49, added: “If it wasn’t for Covid, I’d be packing my bags.

“This is a big fall and there’s real money involved.”

“This fireball has been highly documented so working out where it fell is very, very accurate.

“It’s a question of when, not if, material is found. I think it’s going to be spectacular.

“Most likely they’ll be what we call chondrite meteorites. People can expect to find black rocks, probably with a matt finish.

“If they’ve broken apart, they’ll be white inside.

An example of a space rock
An example of a space rock

“It’s hard to predict how big they’ll be, but they could range in size from a pea to a basketball, or even larger.

“If the fireball was large enough it could have broken into hundreds or even thousands of pieces.”

UK experts warn permission is needed before searching private land.

The UK Fireball Alliance calculated the meteorite strewn field as a patch stretching from near Cheltenham to Bourton-on-the-Hill
The UK Fireball Alliance calculated the meteorite strewn field as a patch stretching from near Cheltenham to Bourton-on-the-Hill
‘Fireball’ filmed streaking across skies of Scotland as meteor caught on camera

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