Postcard from... Spain
In the tiny northerly Spanish village of Ardón, for more than 80 years householder Rosa González Perez box of assorted memorabilia has contained a lump of meteorite, the size of a marble, that landed just behind her around 9.30am on 9 July 1931. Fast forward eight decades and the meteorite has finally been dated as 4,565 million years old and been placed on display in Madrid’s National Museum.
Now 94, Ms González recalls the meteorite landing “perfectly”. “I’m glad that the mystery of its origin has been resolved,” she told El País newspaper. Ms González initially thought “because of its warmth” the object was part of a chimney until the local priest, perhaps assumed to be expert at identifying unearthly objects, proclaimed it a meteorite.
However, it has taken a further 80 years to discover it came from a massive asteroid belt near Jupiter, some up to 400 kilometres wide, although fortunately the one that fell in Ardón was rather smaller.
Last year another much larger meteorite was unearthed in the village of Retuerta de Bullaque – which had been used since 1980 for pressing hams during the process of killing local pigs. “We called it the meteorite as a joke, but didn’t think it actually was one,” a farmer explained.
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...