A 30-pound bumpy meteorite that crashed in Sweden recovered in a local village

A semi-molten piece of iron-rich rock found in Uppsala, Sweden is part of a meteorite that fell there in November 2020.

The bumpy meteorite is about the size of a loaf of bread and weighs about 14 pounds, according to the Swedish Natural History Museum. It used to be part of a larger space rock, probably weighing more than 9 tons (8.1 metric tons), that created a dramatic fireball above Uppsala on 7 November.

After that impact, scientists from the Swedish Museum of Natural History calculated the probable landing site and found some small fragments of an iron meteorite near the village of Ådalen, according to the museum statement. The fragments were only about 3 millimeters long, but the investigation found both the stone and the root of the tree, which was apparently hit by something heavy.

Geologists Andreas Forsberg and Anders Zetterqvist are holding a meteorite they discovered, which fell over Sweden on November 7, 2020. (Image courtesy: Andreas Forsberg / Anders Zetterqvist)

Stockholm geologists Andreas Forsberg and Anders Zetterqvist returned to the site and found a much larger piece – probably the one that smashed the rock. The piece was about 70 meters away from the area where the fragments were found, partially covered with moss. One side was flattened and cracked, probably from a collision, and the meteorite was marked by circular depressions. According to the museum, these depressions are common in iron meteorites, and occur when a space rock partially melts as it passes through the atmosphere.