Meteorites are frequently hitting our planet. Some of these space rocks are big enough to cause some damages, while others burn up in the atmosphere only creating a great visual show. However, the Japanese scientists have confirmed the first case of a meteorite that hit a building in Japan in the last 15 years, according to the National Museum of Natural Sciences.
A meteorite, as old as the Solar System, hit a building in Japan for the first time in 15 years
The meteor that hit the Japanese building was as big as a fist and weighed about 550 grams. The researchers named it “Komaki Meteorite,” referring to the town in central Japan the space rock stroke as it crashed into the roof of a house.
The meteor hit Komaki on September 26th, and, since then, it has been analyzed by Japanese scientists at the country’s national museum in order to determine its origin and composition, as the Japanese daily Asahi reported recently.
The Japanese experts have confirmed recently that the meteorite comes indeed from space and has an estimated age of 4,6 billion years, which means it is as old as the solar system itself.
Last time a space rock hit a Japanese building was in 2003 at Hiroshima
The previous case of a meteorite falling on and damaging a structure in Japan happened about 15 years ago, in 2003, in western Hiroshima. However, to date, a total of 52 meteorites recognized by the Meteoritical Society, the international organization of reference in the matter, have fallen on the Japanese islands.
Now, the “Komaki Meteorite” will be sent to the US-based organization, Meteoritical Society, in order to be included in the global registry of space rocks that have impacted the Earth.
In short, a meteorite hit a Japanese building for the first time in 15 years. The space rock damaged a house’s roof in the vicinity of the town of Komaki.
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