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I have tried to list some of the more recent meteorite falls in order to better track them as a classified meteorite or classic meteor wrong. It will also help keep the obvious meteorites that don't get classified on a list that can hopefully be updated from time to time. Finally it will be a useful list for me as I just forget what has recently fallen. I have decided to only include possible falls with images since without an image it is little more than a story. So if you know of any I am missing after Dec. 31, 2003 please let me know. I'll keep working on the falls before that date so keep looking back for more updates. Please note all names should be considered proposed at best. Some will certainly change before they are accepted by the Meteoritical Society. email
2009 (5) 2 approved
September 25, 21:03 hrs EDT Grimsby, Ontario, Canada Status-highly probable (First stone recovered ~12 hours after the fall but not recognized for 2 weeks). At least 4 stones weighing ~135 grams have been recovered. The first stone hit and damaged the window of a SUV before bouncing and hitting the garage door. Meteorite hunters have recovered additional stones.
List of recovered stones link
June 23, 21:22 hrs, Southeastern Arizona, USA Status-highly probable (First stone recovered June 25, 44 hours and 58 minutes after the fall.) According to reports by Jack Schrader he has recovered at least one stone weighing 155.6 grams. This is the third fall recovered by a meteorite hunter this year.
9/27/09 update. According to Mike Farmer 16 stones weighing 2.5 kg have been recovered.
1 155.6 g stone
2 327 gram stone
April 09, 03:00 hrs, near Jesenice, Slovenia Status-possible Chondrite (Recovered May 17th, 38 days after the fall.) Looks like German Meteorite hunter Thomas Grau has recovered a 2.35 kg stone. Actually based reports in Slovenia it was found by couple from Spodnje Gorje which is near Bled. Joef Pretnar and Bojana Krajnc found the stone while walking along a road in the forest. They showed the stone to Thomas Grau who identified it as a meteorite. The recovery area also is a secret but it was found on the Meakla plateau between the Sava and Radovna rivers probably in the Triglav National Park.
The stone will be shown to the public in October 2009 at the Natural History Museum in Ljubljana. They don't want to relase any images of the stone until then.
February 15, ~11:00 hrs, Ash Creek, Texas, USA Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society L6 "Tentative classification by Dr. Alan Rubin" Two small pieces have been recovered by Ron DiIulio, planetarium and astronomy-lab director at the University of North Texas and his colleague Preston Star. Here is a list of over 260 stones weighing close to 11 kilograms that have been recovered by numerous meteorite hunters. Recently a 1.5 kg, 1.7 kg and 1.673kg stones have been recovered though most are under 50 grams.
photo credit STAR-TELEGRAM/MAX FAULKNER
Piece recovered by Mike Farmer, Moritz Karl, Robert Ward and Shauna Russell story
photo credit (Rod Aydelotte Waco Herald-Tribune)
January 17, 20:08 hrs Maribo, Lolland Island, Denmark Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society CM2 According to a news report several fragments of one meteorite has been recovered by German meteorite hunter Thomas Grau. Story in Danish. Another followup story in Danish with better closeup images of the recovered pieces. Based on the images below it sure looks like a carbonaceous chondrite. English story about the meteor.
photo credit NIELS CHRISTENSEN Politiken.dk
photo credit Thomas Grau
photo credit U of Copenhagen, Geological Museum, Natural History Museum of Denmark
2008 (10) 4 approved
December 20, 22:37 hrs, Tamdakt, Morocco Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H5 Though exact fall details are sketchy several large fragments have recovered so far. I would estimate at least 35-50 kg have been recovered. Unfortunately it fell in a snowy mountainous region so pieces not recovered soon after the fall will be quickly oxidized.
Images courtesy Alhyane Abdelaziz
November 20, 17:27 hrs. Buzzard Coulee, Saskatchewan, Canada Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H4 On Nov. 28 at least two meteorites have been recovered from the frozen surface of a farmers pond. Here is an article with lots of images of the meteorites. Another article mentions 12 pieces have been found weighing 10 - 250 grams. Here is a nice google map of the area where they have been recovered. Another news story of a 13 kg monster that has been recovered. Still more recovery stories here. At least 125 pieces weighing over 41 kg have been recovered with many more to yet be recovered.
photo credit Jordan Verlage/Sun Media
October 7, 05:46 hrs local (02:46 UT). near station 6 (Almahata Sitta), Northern, Sudan Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society Ureilite (based on studies by Michael Zolensky) Article Several pieces of this fall have been recovered near the projected recovery area. This one made worldwide news when the body named 2008 TC3 was discovered in space about 24 hours before impact with earth. A team lead by Peter Jenniskens has recovered 280 stones weighing ~5kg with the largest weighing 280 grams.
photo courtesy of NASA
Muawia Shaddad of the University of Khartoum, Sudan and NASA meteor astronomer Peter Jenniskens join students of the University of Khartoum at the location of one of the larger finds from the first search campaign, Dec. 8, 2008.
photo courtesy of NASA
A typical example of a meteorite remnant linked to asteroid 2008 TC3, with a dark scruffy texture.
photo courtesy of NASA
Meteorite sample linked to asteroid TC3.
Credit: P. Jenniskens, et. al.
Macroscopic features of the Almahata Sitta meteorite.
a, Evidence of clasts in meteorite no. 7 (1 cm diameter) in a fresh fracture surface induced by pressure in the laboratory. b, Meteorite no. 15 (4 cm
diameter), in situ, shows rounded shape of ablated surface. c, Meteorite no. 4 (14 g), placed on aluminium foil, shows the dark interior of a surface
fractured upon impact. d, Meteorite no. 14 (237 cm), in situ, shows millimetre-sized grains in a weathered surface that was broken before
impact. e, Back side of perfectly oriented meteorite no. 5 (10.9 g), with a front shell exhibiting thick radially flowing crust and a thinly crusted aft-shell.
f, The very homogeneous course-grained broken surface of large meteorite no. 16 (10 cm diameter). courtesy Nancy Atkinson UniverseToday.com
Image courtesy NASA Ames/SETI/JPL
September 12, 08:30 hrs Sulagiri Hosur taluk in Krishnagiri dist., Tamil Nadu, India Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society LL6 A meteorite fell in Attakuruki and Kamanadody in Article about the fall. Unfortunately very little information is available about the fall online. But the good news is Svend Buhl had done much follow-up research on the fall. According to his report 8 stones mostly broken weighing 30-40 kg have been recovered. Here is his report.
Here is another article showing several of the masses plus some more impact pits.
photo from The Hindu by N. Bashkaran
June 12, 21:45 hrs local time. Undisclosed location in Romania. Status-probable Andrei Razvan has reported that a 6.2 kg stone has been recovered. A fireball was seen in three counties by several witnesses. The stone impacted around l0 meters from the finder. Andrei believes it is an ordinary chondrite based on XRF Fe measurements. At the present time little additional information is known about this fall.
images courtesy of Andrei Razvan. Copyright by the original finder. Used with permission.
images courtesy of and copyright by Andrei Razvan. Used with permission.
April 12, 16:50 hrs Zunhua, Hebei, China Status-highly probable According to Michael Farmer a meteorite has penetrated the roof of a house. He has recovered 62 grams from a ~4kg stone. Please see his site for images and more information about this fall. Michael Farmer Meteorites
April 6, 22:03 hrs Berduc, Entre Ríos, Argentina Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society L6 The video below shows several small stones and one fist sized piece. One source stated a 700 gram stone was recovered along with 4 or 5 smaller stones. That is probably based on the video.
****Mike Farmer recently visited the site and believes that at least 6 kg have been recovered with numerous small pieces yet to be recovered. Here is a fascinating field trip narrative with several images of recovered stones from Mike Farmer Meteorites.
(Image from video) Video
Possibly the 700 gram stone
images from La Asociación Entrerriana de Astronomía (AEA)
March 7 (on or before), 11:20 hrs Yaka, Fethiye dist, Mugla, Turkey Status-possible A local farmer heard a loud noise and observed a dust cloud in his wheat field shortly after impact. A 2.5 kg stone was recovered from a small crater. Several pieces have been removed from the main mass by locals as souvenirs. Unfortunately I can find no sources for the exact date of the fall. Currently the stone is being studied at the Mining and Exploration Institute (MTA).
January 24, 17:20 hrs Santa Lucía, Argentina Status-highly probable Looks like one whole stone has been recovered weighing 1.901kg. The fall was observed by several witnesses. This piece is being studied at CASLEO (Astronomical complex at El Leoncito). They have determined it to be an ordinary chondrite and have sent a sample to the Museum of Natural History in Vienna. McCartney Taylor has recovered an additional 2.3 kg of individuals.
©Diario de Cuyo
January 1, 00:30 hrs, local time Glumpang, Gianyar Dist., Bali, Indonesia Status-possible At least 3 fragments have been recovered from a 30 cm deep x 110 cm diameter pit in a rice field. Pieces are being studied at the Indonesian Space Agency.
Interesting article in Indonesian about the orbit of the meteor; http://gusdek.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/meteor_gianyar.pdf
Indonesian translation site http://www.toggletext.com/kataku_trial.php
2007 (8) 7 approved
September 15, 11:45 hrs Carancas, Peru Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H4-5 A very large meteorite impacted and has produced a large crater. At least 20 kg of meteorite fragments have been recovered with at least 1/2 being in the form of dust.
July 20, 04:43 hrs Bunburra Rockhole, South Australia, Australia Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society Eucrite A bright fireball was caught on the Desert Fireball Network cameras. After calculating a strike zone two fragments were recovered. The pieces weighed 150 grams and 174 grams.
July 6, 16:33 hrs Cali, Columbia Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H/L4 Based on field searches by Mike Farmer and Robert Ward several meteorites have been recovered. This is a true hammer as pieces have hit several buildings. At least 10 pieces weighing 478 grams have been recovered.
Early news report 1
Mike Farmers account of recovery Story
July 2 or 3 daytime Chergach, Gao, Mali Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H5 Up to 100kg have been recovered along the Mali/Algeria border. This could turn out not to be a fall as precise details pertaining to the time of the fall is unknown.
Picture of a 334 g whole stone and a 250 gram lot of smaller stones.
May 27, 18:30 hrs Xianghe farm, Heilongjiang, China Status-highly probable Looks like a single 1023.4 stone that broke into three pieces has been recovered. This new fall has been reported by Ma Lan of Bejing China. I will include the story of the recovery when I get more time.
Images courtesy of Ma Lan
May 10, 19:57 hrs Puerto LáPice, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society Eucrite Based on an image in a Spanish newspaper this looks like a brecciated meteorite. At least 32+ pieces weighing ~500 grams have been recovered.
Early news report 1
Images from Mike Farmers site
March 12, 09:30 hrs Bloomington, Illinois, USA Status-Man Made This piece received almost as much press as the Jan 2 Freehold Township object. It was later confirmed to have been thrown out of a wood chipper. See news report 2.
News Report 1 2
Photo credit (Pantagraph, David Proeber)
February 21, 09:10 hrs Mahadevpur, near Namsai, Arunachal Pradesh, India Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H4/5 At least four stones weighing ~60 kg have been recovered. A 3.4 kg fell through the roof of a house and landed in the living room.
February 1, 17:30 hrs Didim, Turkey Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H3-5 At least three stones weighing 500, 846 and 2340 grams have been recovered.
Early news report
January 2, night before 9PM Freehold Township, New Jersey, USA Status-Manmade This piece garnered lots of press but it turned out to be a manmade object.
Photo Credit: AP Photo/ Det. R. Gelber of Freehold township Police Department
2006 (6) 5 approved
October 16, 04:00 hrs Bassikounou, Mauritania Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H5 Multiple stones have been recovered with up to 100 kg being recovered. Pieces are being sold by numerous dealers.
Photo Courtesy Mike Jensen
165 g sample with shock vein.
August 29, 13:37 hrs Kavarpura, Rajasthan, India Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society IIE-an. A 6.8 kg iron has been recovered. It is being studied at the Geological Survey of India.
Early news report 1
July 31, 21:28 hrs Jodiya, Jamnagar dist., Kutch, Gujarat, India Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society L5 Pieces are being studied at the Physical Research Laboratory in India. Another hammer stone.
News article 1 2 3
photo credit photo credit
July 14, 10:20 hrs Moss Ostfold, Norway Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society CO 3.6 Five stones weighing 3.76 kg have been recovered.
News articles 1 2
photo credit Morton Billet
700 g specimen recovered from the roof of a warehouse.
May 21, 07:30 hrs Werdama, Al-Beda, Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar, Libya Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H5 Five pieces weighing 4-5 kg have been found.
January 31, 16:30 hrs Shingpara, Thakurgaon, Bangladesh Status-Possible A 2.5 kg object was recovered from a 1+ meter deep pit, according to this website http://www.achokro.org/ .
News article 1 Lots more high resolution photos that show more interesting characteristics. here
photos courtesy of http://www.achokro.org/
2005 (2) none approved
June 25th, 23:08 hrs Bhunka, Rajasthan, India Status-Probable A 2.5 kg iron is being studied in India at the GSI. Pdf with image
photo credit Geological Survey of India
January 24th, morning Banteay Meachey Province, Cambodia Status-Possible A 4.5 kg stone was recovered from a 20 cm pit. It was said to be warm to the touch when first picked up. Some stories mention it started rice fields on fire but another story mentioned that the villagers saw it as a bad omen and set the fields on fire to chase away the demons. The fields had just been harvested so the villagers would probably light them on fire to clear them anyway. Unfortunately I can't find a single image of the object. There are probably images on the net but I can't spell meteorite in Cambodian. ref1 ref2
2004 (7) 6 approved
November 22, 11:45 GMT Benguerir Morocco Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society LL6 Several stones were recovered with a total recovered weight of over 25 kg.
November 8, 18:15 hrs Orlando, Florida, USA Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society Eucrite A single 180 gram stone was recovered after hitting the side of a house and a car.
October 28, 16:30 hrs Kaprada Valsad, Gujarat, India Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society L5/6 A single stone weighing ~1.6 kg was recovered.
October 5, 13:33 hrs Berthoud, Colorado, USA Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society Eucrite A single stone weighing almost 1kg was recovered.
Article I wrote here
August 1, 12:30 hrs Maigatari-Danduma Niger-NigeriaStatus-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H5/6 Two stones have been recovered weighing 4.6 kg.
Link to an image here
June 12, 09:30 hrs Auckland, New Zealand Status-highly probable A 1.3 kg stone crashed through the roof of a house and damaged a sofa. It has not been classified.
photo credit Australian Broadcasting Corp
January 4, 17:47 hrs Villalbeto de la Pena Spain Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society L6 At least 18 stones have been recovered weighing 2.5 kg.
Link to image here
November 2, 17:00 hrs Kasauli, Uttar Pradesh, India Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H4 A single 16.82 kg stone was recovered from an oval shaped crater.
October 16, 02:00 hrs UT Oum Dreyga, Western Sahara Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H3-5 Numerous fragments weighing 17 kg have been recovered.
September 27, 18:30 hrs Kendrapara Orissa, India Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H4-5 Three pieces weighing 6,668 grams were recovered.
September 23, 16:05 hrs New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H5 A single 19.256 kg stone crashed through the bathroom of a house. An additional 100 grams were recovered in the surrounding neighborhood.
March 26, 23:50 hrs Park Forest, Illinois, USA Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society Several stones were seen to fall hitting numerous man made objects. TKW is at least 18 kg.
February 1, 22:30 hrs Hiroshima, Japan Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H5 A 414g stone was recovered from the room of a building.
July 21, 19:30 hrs Kilabo, Nigeria Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society LL6 At least 19 kg of fragments have been recovered.
July 21, 13:49 hrs GMT Thuathe, Lesotho Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H4/5 At least 30 kg of stones have been recovered and probably much more.
July 5, 18:30 hrs Maromandia, Madagascar Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society L6 Two pieces weighing approx. 6kg were recovered.
June 6, 18:00 hrs Bhawad, Rajasthan India Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society LL6 A 678 gram stone was recovered.
April 6, 20:20 UT Neuschwanstein, Germany Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society EL6 Three stones weighing 6215 g have been recovered.
March 18 Alby sur Chéran, France Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society Eucrite A 262 gram stone was found in a hole in the roof of a building.
February 20, 06:45 hrs San Michele, Marache, Italy Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society L6 A 237 gram stone was found after it penetrated the roof of a house.
Image courtesy of Matteo Chinelato
February 11 Bensour, Morocco Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society LL6 At least 45 kg have been recovered.
July 9, 04:00 hrs Bukhara, Uzbekistan Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society CV3 A single 5.3 kg stone was seen to fall in a field.
February 12, 16:00 hrs Devgaon, India Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H3.8 A single 12 kg stone was recovered.
February 8, 06:45 hrs Al Zarnkh, Sudan Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society LL5 A 700 gram fusion crusted stone was recovered by villagers.
January 8, 03:00 hrs Beni M'hira, Tunisia Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society L6 At least 16 kg have been recovered.
August 22 Gasseltepaoua, Burkina Faso Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H5
July 15, 14:45 GMT Yafa, Yeman Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H5
May 6, 11:51:52 UT Morávka, Czech Republic Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society H5
January 18, 08:43:42 Tagish Lake, Canada Status-Approved by the Meteoritical Society C2-ungrouped