Thursday, 08 May 2014 - 8:15
Probe begins to find out whether what had fallen at Aralagangwila are Helios' comet rock fragments
The Arthur C. Clarke Centre has launched a special probe with regard to the rock fragments fallen at Ruhunugama in Aralagangwila in Polonnaruwa.
Residents had found these rock fragments suspected to be meteoroid fragments fallen on a paddy field in Ruhunugama on the 4th of this month.
Arthur C. Clarke Centre Senior Astrophysicist and Colombo University Physiology Division Professor Chandana Jayaratne told our news team that these rock fragments had subsequently been brought to the Arthur C. Clarke Centre.
The Professor said that about 15 to 20 thousand tons of meteoroids fall to the earth per day.
He said that however, they turned into vapour in a moment.
These days Helios’ comet circumvents the sun.
Professor Chandana Jayaratne said that this took place once in 70 years.
The peak of this occurrence was on 5th this month.
Senior Astrophysicist Professor Chandana Jayaratne told our news team further that investigations would be launched to find out whether what had fallen at Ruhunugama in Aralagangwila in Polonnaruwa were fragments emanating from Helios’ comet.