Groundbreaking fresh research has revealed that Earth is under constant assault from the heavens with 16,000kg of space material raining down on our planet every year.

A team of UK scientists went to Antarctica to hunt for meteorites in order to work out how often Earth is battered by space projectiles. It turns out that it happens all the time, as their calculations revealed that more than 16,000kg of meteorite material with a mass above 50g wallops the planet each year.

When smaller material is included, the figure rockets up to a staggering total of 40 million, but this is mostly made up of fine space dust that couldn’t cause any damage.

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