Meteorite momument in Scotland

May 21, 2005 at 5:49 PM
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GLASGOW, Scotland, May 21 (UPI) -- Scotland has dedicated a monument to a five-billion year-old meteorite that landed in Glasgow in 1805.

A commemorative stone has been placed on Possil Marsh to mark the 200th anniversary of the landing of the High Possil meteorite, the Scotsman reported Saturday.

The rock, believed by scientists to be as old as our solar system, was one of three to revolutionize scientific knowledge of both meteorites and the solar system in general. The object was one of the first meteorites to be recognized as having come from space -- scientists had previously believed the rocks originated on Earth, and were moved by severe weather.

John Faithful, the curator of the Hunterian museum of Glasgow University, where pieces of the meteorite have been on display since 1810, said: "This meteorite was the first ever recovered in Scotland, and one of the very first scientifically verified falls anywhere.

"This important scientific event has at last a fitting memorial."

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