Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Russian scientists confirm authenticity of Chelyabinsk meteor fragment

Russian scientists confirmed last week the authenticity of a 7.5-pound fragment from the Chelyabinsk meteorite that fell to earth in February.

The fragment, discovered by a resident of the Chelyabinsk region, is the largest meteorite fragment found to date. Found in the the village of Timiryazevsky, the meteorite fragment was submitted to Chelyabinsk State University, where it was later authenticated by scientists, RIA Novosti reports.

The Chelyabinsk government has allocated nearly $10,000 for recovery projects associated with the Chelyabinsk meteorite. Experts believe that a large portion of the meteorite is located deep within Chebarkul Lake, and a program to probe the lake is underway.