Michigan Meteor: Meteorite Hunter Strikes Gold With Three Pieces of Space Rock

Michigan Meteor: Meteorite Hunter Strikes Gold With Three Pieces of Space Rock

NASA scientists say the 6-foot-wide (2 meters) meteor broke apart about 20 miles (32 kilometers) over Earth Tuesday.

Meteorite hunters who think they struck gold can have their find inspected by experts during a pop-up event from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills.

Meteorites, like this one from Odessa, Texas, are fragments broken from larger meteors.

"The best way to identify meteorites is by the black fusion crust, the angular shape, it's heavier than a normal stone", said Robert Ward.

"I'm offering $20,000 for the first one kilo specimen - and I'm also happy to pay for any specimen that anyone finds", he said. About two days prior to the entry of the meteorite inside Earth, it was far beyond the moon and now it is in our hands.

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Ward said he used seismic data, Doppler radar and witness information to narrow down where to search.

While dozens of amateur meteorite hunters perused a Hamburg Township park, Ward - and the team he brought to town with him - knew exactly where to look. On Thursday he found three meteorites on Hamburg Township Lake. As the meteoroid enters our planet's atmosphere, it turns into a ball of fire due to the intense friction making it a meteor.

The meteor disintegrated into lots of smaller pieces known as meteorites as it flew through the sky. The remnants must be analyzed by a lab to be accredited as meteorites.

The American Meteor Society has so far received more than 355 fireball sightings from six USA states and Ontario, Canada. Finding an intact meteorite is a rare collection which can be acquired only when more people a motivated to look for it, explained Pitt. This means the meteorite was strongly heated, suggesting that this fragment was the part of a massive asteroid. The analysis is free with museum admission.


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