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Friday, July 24, 2020

Meteorite falls in the North of Tenerife

Artist's impression, complete with snow capped mountain and palm trees!

The Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos (Museum of Science and the Cosmos) in La Laguna, Tenerife, has detected and confirms the landing of a body from outer space between Icod and Buenavista

No one knows what remote place it may come from, nor how long it has been traveling through the universe to end up trapped by the gravity of a small planet such as Earth.

Statistically, meteorites that suffer such fate generally fall into the sea, which occupies more than two-thirds of the planet's surface, so arriving on land is also not usual. And yet, our unusual protagonist came to fall on the surface of Tenerife, which is just 2,034 square kilometers of the 510.1 million that make up the blue planet.

At 00:50:26 on the 14th of this month, a meteorite fell through our atmosphere and crashed in the north of Tenerife, as the Museum of Science and the Cosmos has managed to detect and confirm thanks to the recent acquisition of a camera capable of capturing these observations.

This phenomenon was also captured by another camera located on Mount Teide, which is part of the Slovak AMOS project, so that both tests have made it possible to triangulate and locate the approximate location of its fall, being located between the municipalities of Icod and Buenavista del Norte.

There may be, in the area of ​​the meteorite fall, small pieces of between 10 and 50 grams in weight, with a size similar to a coin and with a blackish appearance. And any reader who finds one of those  pieces, must remember that it is still a traveler in the universe that, as the result of a gigantic coincidence, has ended up in his hands.

Cae un meteorito en el Norte de Tenerife