Lights go out on An­gus man’s Hog­manay me­te­orite hopes

ROCK: Glyn thought frag­ment was from fire­ball seen in the sky on De­cem­ber 31

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - JaneT Thom­son

An An­gus man who thought he had stum­bled upon a frag­ment of a me­te­orite which lit up the night sky on Hog­manay has had his hopes dashed.

Glyn Lewis, 46, was among hun­dreds who wit­nessed a spec­tac­u­lar dis­play on New Year’s Eve as a huge, green fire­ball hurtled across the Tay­side skies at around 5.30pm.

He was walk­ing along the light­house road at Fer­ry­den when he saw a flash on the sky­line.

He later picked up a piece of rock which he be­lieved might have come from the space in­vader, but ex­perts have now poured cold wa­ter on his the­ory.

Glyn was so star­tled by the fire­ball he searched a field above his Fer­ry­den home the day af­ter the me­teor sight­ing.

His ini­tial foray proved fruit­less. How­ever, last week­end he came across a large frag­ment of rock in a stub­ble field which he be­lieved could be part of the im­pres­sive me­te­orite which fell from the sky.

“I’ve lived in Fer­ry­den for the past 12 years and have not seen any­thing like this,” he said. “It is a one-off.”

The keen am­a­teur photographer sent two im­ages of the find to the Bri­tish Me­te­orite So­ci­ety.

How­ever, af­ter analysing the im­ages, sci­en­tists have now con­cluded the frag­ment was not part of a me­te­orite.

They found it has quartz crys­tals on one side and be­lieve it is a piece of lo­cal rock.

Un­de­terred, Glyn has con­tacted the geo­science depart­ment at Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity in the hope ex­perts there will be able to shed some more light on his cu­ri­ous dis­cov­ery.

He said: “I sent the pho­to­graphs to Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity and have ar­ranged to meet one of their team from the geo­science depart­ment on Jan­uary 26. They are not sure what it is.

“It could be lo­cal quartz but, ei­ther way, I would like to know.”

Pic­ture: Kenny El­rick.

Glyn Lewis was out walk­ing near Mon­trose when he found the rock in a stub­ble field.

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