Suspected meteorite chunk lands in Bihar’s Madhubani district
A celestial object, weighing more than 10 kg and having magnetic properties, landed in a village of this north Bihar district a couple of days ago, a senior official said on Wednesday.
Madhubani District Magistrate, Shirsat Kapil Ashok said, theobject was found in Mahadeva village under Laukahi police station area onMonday evening.
"A group of farmers were working in the fields whenthey heard an unusually loud thud. When they looked around to find the sourceof the sound, they spotted the object lying in a hole – about five feet deep –that was dug into the ground by the impact of the fall", the DM said.
Prime facie, it looks like a meteorite and weighs about 13kg, he said.
The villagers extracted the object with some effort andinformed government officials who took it into their possession and it was,subsequently, placed in the custody of the district treasury, the DM said.
"We have written to the state's Principal Secretary,Science and Technology department, informing him about this peculiar objectthat looks like a piece of rock but its glitter is much more than that of anunpolished stone. Its magnetic pull makes it even more intriguing", hesaid.
However, we need to wait till the department sends expertswho can study the object and arrive at a definitive conclusion, Ashok added.