In the early hours of 21st September 1949, residents of the village of Beddgelert were woken by the bright light of the falling space rock, and described a “terrific sound” as it tore through the roof tiles of the Prince Llewelyn pub.
Two Durham University scientists, who had read about the incident in a newspaper, travelled to Beddgelert and collected the meteorite for analysis. They published their results in a 1950 scientific paper, along with eyewitness accounts that provide fascinating insight into the event.
One particularly poetic account came from a Miss Janet Wilson, who lived roughly thirty miles away in Penmaenmawr.
She wrote in a letter: “I was awake on the morning of the display - my room was suddenly lit up to such an extent that I could have read headlines of a paper.
“I hurried to the window and saw a most beautiful sight.
“Flying across was a blue luminous body, partially bulbous and partially elongated, but a most lovely blue colour.
“The whole spectacle did not occupy more than about 45 seconds.
“Very shortly after it had gone, I heard a slight distant explosion.
“I consider myself fortunate to have seen it, a most magnificent sight.”