Last Sunday's bright fireball meteor
falling through skies over
California and Nevada produced sonic booms over a broad area around
Estimates indicate the meteor was about the size of a minivan.
Astronomer Peter Jenniskens subsequently recovered these fragments of
a crushed 4 gram meteorite, the second find from
meteor fall, in the parking lot of the Henningsen-Lotus state park,
not far from
This is now known as the Sutter's Mill Meteorite, the location
famous for its association with the California Gold Rush.
The meteorite may well be astronomer's gold too,
thought to be a rare
CM type carbonaceous chondrite,
a type rich in organic compounds and similar to the
To trace the meteor's orbit, details of its breakup, and aid in
locating more fragements, scientists are also searching for video
Security cameras across a wide area could have accidently
captured the fireball event near 7:21 am PDT on April 22;
e.g. California (SF Bay Area, Los Angeles,
near Redding) and Nevada (Reno area, Tonopah), even in southern
parts of Oregon and near Salt Lake City in Utah.
If you have video footage of the event,
please use the contact information here.