Posted: 08.02.2023 16:50:00

Scientists discovered large meteorite in Antarctica

An international team of scientists have discovered several meteorites in Antarctica; one of them being rare in size and weighing 7.6kg, reports

Photo by Maria Valdes, published on

To understand how rarely large meteorites are found in Antarctica, it is necessary to correlate a few numbers: over the past century, a hundred of these have been discovered on the continent. In total, 45,000 meteorites were found during this time.

As Maria Valdes, a researcher at the Field Museum of Natural History and the University of Chicago, noted that although even tiny micrometeorites are of high scientific value, it is rare to find a meteorite large enough.

The discovery was made as part of a mission that also included scientists from the Free University of Brussels and ETH Zurich. Researchers have studied potential areas of meteorite impacts in Antarctica; these were pre-identified from satellite images. In total, experts discovered five meteorites. Findings will be analysed.