Early Thursday morning, in the Kasoli village of Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, something fell from the sky. Following a period of heavy rain, villagers reportedly saw the descent, heard a loud bang and then found the objects. According to the district’s magistrate Rajeev Sharma, “Both the objects resembled quartz in appearance but their exact nature will be ascertained after proper analysis. The stones will be sent to the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) in Bangalore for analysis.”
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At around midnight on Wednesday, the aforementioned bad weather caused a pair of Kasoli farmers, Mamchand and Sukhpal Chauhan, to sleep outside following a power outage. Later that night, Sukhpal claims he actually witnessed the fiery rocks falling. They, along with many surrounding villagers, heard the impact and found the potential meteorites. Mamchand said, “Both the stones were very hot and white in colour. Their outer surface had, however, turned black and brown perhaps due to overheating.”
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The brothers estimated the objects to weigh somewhere between 200 and 250 grams a piece. As crazy as this sounds, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they are, in fact, meteorites, seeing as this particular area has experienced similar events before. There was even an instance, back in 2003, of a meteorite being so big that it actually created a 15-inch deep crater in the village.
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For the record, meteorites, which can range from the size of a pebble to around 100 kilograms or more, are small chunks of interplanetary debris that burn up as they pass through the atmosphere. This is accompanied by a flash of light and, if you’re close enough to hear it, a loud bang. Check out the video below to learn more…