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A meteor crashes between the Gers and the Lot-et-Garonne: the hunt is on!

2021-03-02T18:40:26.825Z

The members of the Gers-based association A Ciel Ouvert are looking for a meteor that crossed the sky during the night of February 27 to 28 before



Its lightning passage in the sky of the Gers did not go unnoticed!

Saturday February 27, at 10:43 p.m., a meteor was detected crossing the Gers, from Fleurance to Marmande, in Lot-et-Garonne.

Nine cameras from the Fripon program, a network of cameras turned towards the sky to locate meteorites, and nearly 80 people reported to the Vigie-Ciel network, a participatory science program, this intense blue point which pierced the southern sky. West on the night of February 27 to 28.

According to the calculations of the astronomers of Fripon, the meteor crashed on earth in an area of ​​3 km2, that space enthusiasts will survey to find it in the coming days.

"A black stone, with flat faces and blunt edges"

These are the members of the A Ciel Ouvert association, in Mauroux, whose observatory located at the Ferme des Etoiles followed the route of the celestial pebble, who are in charge of the research.

"We are the local relay of the Vigie-Ciel network which warned us on Sunday February 28 of the passage of this meteorite," explains Mickaël Wilmart of the A Ciel Open association.

Its size is estimated at 150 g, or about that of an apricot.

It is a black stone, with flat faces and blunt edges.

This is the first time that in the Southwest we have organized a meteor search.

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Two people, including an astronomer from the Paris Observatory, went on Tuesday afternoon for the first scouting in the area between the municipalities of Lagarrigue, Nicole, Bourran and Aiguillon.

To help with the research, the town halls of the areas concerned will be contacted, as well as the inhabitants, invited to examine their garden.

Source: leparis

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