Meteorite 'probably came down on land'

The hunt is on for a meteorite which landed in Ireland yesterday.

Sightings of a fireball blazing across the sky were reported across the country at around 6pm yesterday evening.

It is thought the fireball was a space rock travelling at a 100,000 mph, or the equivalent of a small atomic bomb blast in the skies.

David Moore of Astronomy Ireland said the indications are that the rock landed on the ground and not at sea.

"There's a good chance we may end up finding this one," Mr Moore said, explaining that many witnesses who saw the fireball in coastal areas said that it was travelling inland.

Mr Moore urged witnesses to go to www.astronomy.ie and fill out a report on the sighting.

He said the last time a meteorite hit Ireland was in 1999 and that rock sold online for up to $500 per gram.

"They can be quite valuable to collectors," Mr Moore said.

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