Meteor chunk strays into Ionian Sea

A long bright streak and a loud bang that was heard by residents on the Ionian islands of Zakynthos and Cephalonia at 9.30 p.m. on Wednesday was a chunk of rock that broke away from a meteor, probably belonging to the recent Leonid shower, and slammed into the sea, according to experts.

Athens-based astronomer Dionysis Simopoulos estimated the size of the rock at around 2 kilograms, or “like a cabbage.” He said there was no cause for concern.

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