A giant meteor has been found buried five-metres down in a field in Argentina. The huge space rock, which weighs around 30 tonnes, was unearthed by scientists in an area called Campo del Cielo, which loosely translates to “Sky Field,” or “Field of Heaven”.
The meteorite was discovered last weekend by researchers from the Chaco Association of Astronomy. The society's president, Mario Vesconi, told local media that finding the rock "was a big surprise".
“The meteorite was buried about 5 metres deep and has a width of almost two metres,” Vesconi said while talking to En Compactonea. The 30,800kg boulder has been named "Gancedo meteorite".
The Field of Heaven is nestled in the provinces of Chaco and Santiago del Estero, just north-west of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.
The site is covered in craters, IFL says. They came from an iron meteor shower around 4,000 years ago. The largest crater measures 91 metres across.
Some believe the finding is the second largest meteorite ever found. The largest, known as Hoba, weighs 60 tonnes and lies in Namibia, Africa.
As yet, nobody knows the 'value' of the new rock, but local politician Livio Gutierrez called it a "milestone" – and hopes it attracts more tourism.