University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists seeking meteor fragments

Friday, April 16, 2010 | 11:12 a.m. CDT

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin researchers are hoping someone comes forward with space rocks.

A meteor lit up the skies Wednesday night in parts of Wisconsin and Iowa and as far south as Missouri.

The National Weather Service says radar information indicates the meteor landed in southwest Wisconsin.

If you find any fragments, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison ask that you bring them in quickly for analysis.

The geoscience department says certain short-lived radioactive elements can be formed when meteorites plunge to Earth, so it's important to study them quickly.

It might be hard to find fragments, though. If the meteor broke up in an area where there are already rocks and pebbles, the fragments might be indistinguishable.


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