Our India Unboxed film series continues with the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences‘ puzzling story of the fiery meteorites which were cold to the touch.

157 years ago the people of Dharamsala in Northwest India watched as three meteorites streaked across the sky and crashed into the ground nearby. Despite witnessing nine-foot flames trailing behind the meteorites, the brave locals who rushed to pick them up found them to be intensely cold.

Today, the interstellar objects can be found in the Sedgwick Museum, where they are still used in research to increase our understanding of the universe and our place among the stars.

India Unboxed is a year-long celebration across the University and city of Cambridge to mark the UK–India Year of Culture 2017. For more information about the India Unboxed exhibitions, events, digital interventions, discussions and installations, visit http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/whats-on/india-unboxed.