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Roy’s rock discovery is well and truly out of this world
Bodmin’s Roy Nottle says this object is a meteorite he found while walking on Bodmin Moor recently; he also says he has been in touch with NASA about it.
5th May 2021
By Ollie Young
A Bodmin man has been in touch with NASA after he discovered what he believes to be a chunk of meteorite.
Roy Nottle was out walking on Bodmin Moor when he came across the item, although was unsure about what it was initially.
He told the Voice: “I thought it was a lump of coal because it is very black in colour and I thought: ‘What is a lump of coal doing on Bodmin Moor?’
“I picked it up expecting my hands to be dirty, but they stayed clean and then I noticed that the grass was still okay underneath, so I assume it hadn’t been there for very long.
“It is so clean and almost looks like a bit of plastic, but it definitely isn’t.
“It’s very unusual and I have never seen anything like it in my life.”
Roy wants to keep the location of his find a secret, but revealed that after contacting the American space agency NASA, they urged him to travel across the Atlantic.
“I have been in touch with NASA and they want me to come over to America, they think it is very interesting but I am not going to go over there,” he continued.
“I think they would play with it as soon as I got on American soil, so it has currently got pride of place at my house.”
After conducting some research, Roy linked the meteorite he stumbled across to fragments found in Gloucestershire in February.
In a small market town called Winchcombe, just north of Cheltenham, a householder alerted experts after finding a pile of charred stone on his drive.
That case was the first reported retrieval of meteorite material in the UK in 30 years.
Roy continued: “I looked at it and thought it was very unusual, but it didn’t cross my mind that it was a meteorite but I began to suspect it and Googled it.
“I saw about one that came down in Gloucestershire and I thought it looked like the same thing.
“I found mine on April 18 and that would line up with meteorite showers.”
In the Gloucestershire case, the story captured national headlines and Roy is aware of the attention his find may bring, but concluded by paying tribute to Bodmin and the Voice.
He said: “If it is what I think it is, a meteorite, I wanted the local paper to be the first place to have it before it goes national.”