While enjoying a cricket county match in Sussex (UK), two spectators were apparently treated to one of the rarest of cosmic events: a meteorite falling from the sky, landing right in front of them. The black rock, measuring 5 inches wide, broke in two on impact. Amazingly, a piece hit one of the witnesses.
“One piece bounced up and hit me in the chest and the other ended up against the boundary board,” said Jan Marszel. “It came across at quite a speed – if it had hit me full on it could have been very interesting.”
It’s not clear from the Telegraph‘s minimally skeptical article when this happened (I’m assuming it was during the recent Middlesex vs. Sussex game in Uxbridge, northwest London, using the tidbits of information from the text) and the only expert opinion cited is that of Dr. Matthew Genge, a meteorite expert at Imperial College, who hasn’t handled the evidence yet.
“If this turns out to be a meteorite it’s very exciting and would be the first fall in the UK since 1992,” Genge points out.
(That last statement isn’t very accurate. I’m certain that there have been many meteorites falling onto the UK ...