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Winchcombe: The First UK Meteorite in 30 Years

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On the 28th February 2021 a fireball was seen/heard across the UK, an event which was recorded by both dedicated fireball cameras and ordinary dash cams. Several pieces of the new meteorite were quickly recovered, which was calculated to have dropped in Gloucestershire. As part of the initial recovery team, Natasha was one of the first scientists on the scene to see & hold the meteorite. She is now leading an analysis team at the University of Plymouth who have a small fragment of the newly named Winchcombe meteorite, and is beginning to unravel its mysteries. Join us as we explore the science behind the observation, recovery, and classification of the UK’s first new meteorite in 30 years.

Dr Natasha Stephen is a geologist by training, focusing on extra-terrestrial materials & planetary science. Natasha is Director of Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre at the University of Plymouth, where she is also a lecturer in the Faculty of Science & Engineering. Natasha has been working with extra-terrestrial materials including the Moon, Mars, and asteroids, for 12 years since starting her PhD at Imperial College London jointly with the Natural History Museum, London. Natasha has searched for meteorites in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, and classifies them using the non-destructive techniques available in her own analytical microscopy facility in the SW of England.

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