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A sonic boom was heard in Dorset on March 20, just minutes after a daytime fireball was seen by people on the island of Jersey. Although the boom was heard loudly across the area, thick cloud that day meant that those on the mainland could not see the fireball meteor as clearly as those in Jersey.

According to the UK Fireball Alliance (UKFAII), it is likely that a fireball may have dropped a meteorite in or near the northern part of the New Forest in Hampshire.

The UKFAII believe that the meteorite dropped just minutes after the loud sonic boom was heard.

UKFAII explained these findings in a release on March 31, stating that rough guidance suggested the likelihood of there being a meteorite on the ground somewhere between Verwood in Dorset and Romsey in Hampshire.

Dr Ashley King, of the Natural History Museum, said: “It’s a pity there was thick cloud over Dorset at the time. Otherwise it would have been bright and highly visible going overhead at very high speed, followed two minutes later by the sonic boom.

“We’d also know exactly where to find this rock. At the moment we can only give rough guidance, that there could be a meteorite on the ground somewhere between Verwood in Dorset and Romsey in Hampshire or a few miles either side of a line between them, though we hope to refine this a bit in a week or so.”

The UKFAll is led by staff of the Natural History Museum and is a collaboration between the UK’s meteor camera networks.

A video from Jersey showed that the meteor was first visible in the direction of Plymouth and its altitude was measured to be around 90km. Roughly 4.6 seconds later, the meteor was heading in the direction of Dorchester at an altitude of around 38km.

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