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Astronomy experts believe a meteorite may have landed in County Louth.

Astronomy experts believe a meteorite may have landed in County Louth.

A large “fireball”, which is a really big meteor, was seen from various parts of the country on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Using calculations basedon various eyewitness reports, Astronomy Ireland now believes the meteorite most likely crashed into the sea off the County Louth coast.

“However, there’s always the chance that some of the meteor broke up and that maybe fragments of it landed somewhere in Louth,” David Moore, Chairman of Astronomy Ireland, told the Democrat.

A large number of reports from various parts of Ireland, from Derry to Clare, helped experts to roughly pinpoint the space rock’s landing place.

But Astronomy Ireland are looking for more reports from the Louth area.

“It was the night of the big storm and it was cloudy so perhaps not many people saw it because most people were indoors.”

“If you saw anything, visit www.astronomy.ie and click the link ‘Report a Fireball’ on the left,” he said.

More importantly, if anyone finds some strange rock fragments that may be parts of a meteorite they are asked to phone 01-8901111.

“There’s a 50/50 chance that some fragments may have fallen on land,” said Mr Moore.

The event would have resembled a very bright shooting star.