The rock found last week in a garden in heiligenstadt is not a meteorite. "It is a matter of earthly basalt. But it looked similar and was worth investigating", says dieter heinlein of the fireball network at the german aerospace center (DLR).
On wednesday morning, the fourth grade class of the heiligenstadt elementary school with teacher svenja zeis and former physics teacher harro preiss set out to investigate the calculated fall area of the meteor of 30. June to search for the stone. "This is a nice action at the end of the school year that came about quite unexpectedly. A nice ending, because after that the students go to other schools", says svenja zeis. She is impressed by the enthusiasm of the children, who are very interested in the subject and keep asking questions.
Staying in the core area
"I accompanied the class and was responsible for questions and a few hints about special features along the way. And I made sure that we don't get lost and that we stay in the core area of the meteorite", explains harro preiss. We started at 8 o'clock in the morning at the school. The little stargazers set off in the direction of the oertel barn, walked past the schatzwald forest and along the former railroad embankment to traindorf. From the hotel "landtraum from the group turned into the calculated fall line of the meteorite.
Through the woods, the students and the two teachers ran to the pavilion, then towards the cemetery and along the fub of the kulich back to the lake and then to school. Harro preiss reported on technical data during the run, but also explained the history of heiligenstadt to the children. "For example at the jewish cemetery about jewish life in heiligenstadt. Actually it was an excursion with meteorite", reports preiss laughing.
The "fallen" star
For he even had with him a real meteorite of the coarseness that the recently fallen one must also have had: a silicate-based meteorite that his father had found. However, the young stargazers were not lucky: the "fallen star" had a real meteorite was not found during the excursion.
Nevertheless, the children were happy about the great news that they hoarded about meteorites. "I really liked it and it was very exciting", says schoolgirl madeleine dorsch. She liked the fact that there were always two students searching side by side. "We even found two holes that had burned down. But there were only female stones in it", tells madeleine.
Leon strongly reports that he had read something about meteorites in the past. That's why he knew that it was a solid body from outer space that had broken through the earth's atmosphere and landed on earth. However, leon is not afraid of meteorites, because during the excursion he learned that it is very unlikely that there will be another impact in the region in the next ten years.
Lilly-marie pfandner found it exciting that the earth's atmosphere goes up 14 kilometers; that's about the distance from heiligenstadt to ebermannstadt. "I actually thought it would go higher, she says. She now knows that the atmosphere is made up of particles, which is why the lump of rock has been reduced from its original weight of about 16 kilograms to about 50 grams.
Although the group was on the road all morning, they were not tired at the end. "I thought the excursion was cool, says alexander traunecker. Since the subject of stars is only dealt with in the fifth grade, it was new to him. The children enjoyed the movement in nature, the information and the stories, even if they did not find the meteorite. So had a group from the children's home "seigelstein with their leader peter kiesskalt still a chance, who went on the search in the afternoon.