UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A team of meteorite hunters recently scoured 200 square kilometers of wilderness in Botswana.
They were searching for remnants of an asteroid detected eight hours before hitting Earth on June 2.
The asteroid — named 2018 LA — exploded and sprayed fragments of rock over the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Scientists had only managed to gather a piece of an asteroid detected prior to impact once before.
But astronomers at the SETI Institute did the math and decided there was a decent chance of finding a meteorite from 2018 LA.
An international team led by scientists from Wits School of Geosciences spent days looking around every shrub before finding the tiny rock.
SETI announced the find July 6.
Experts plan to study the meteorite’s composition and put it on public display.