Meteor hunters find the first pieces of the MI meteorite

The red line is the American Meteor Society's estimated meteor path based on eyewitness reports. The yellow line is likely the actual trajectory based on the location of the meteorites found and the witness reports. The white blip are the meteorites

Six Meteorites Found, More Expected Following Michigan Meteor

An update to the search was brought by professional meteor hunters named Robert Ward and Larry Atkins from Arizona.

All three meteorite specimens, as they were found in the snow. "It's been a really good day".

The way to spot meteorites, he said, is to get a sense of the topography and rocks in an area and look for what seems out of place in regard to the surroundings.

The finds had masses of between 20 and 100 grams, and were small enough to "fit in the palm of your hand", Atkins said.

The team found three meteorites in a 90-minute timeframe on Thursday, Jan. 18. "This fact, combined with the brightness of the meteor (which suggests a fairly big space rock), shows that the object penetrated deep into the atmosphere before it broke apart (which produced the sounds heard by at least 77 observers)". Ward further explained that in order to find the specimen, he incorporated the use of seismic data along with Doppler radar.

"It's an extremely astounding example", Ward said while holding one of the shooting stars.

"This was a very slow moving meteor - speed of about 28,000 miles per hour (45,000 km/h)", the American Meteor Society added in a news release issued Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

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The first person to recover a space rock weighing 1 kilogram or about 2.2 pounds urges meteorite hunters to continue looking for undiscovered fragments as they are a "winning extraterrestrial lottery ticket".

A total of six pieces have been found so far and more are expected to turn up in parts of MI.

He was right. He found another one shortly before 1 p.m. and another while he was on the phone with a Free Press reporter at about 1:39 p.m. "And every meteorite that's found here, every single one, it's gonna sell for at least its weight in gold".

A rock, pulled out of the snow, that meteorite-hunters say likely traces back to a fireball that exploded over Ann Arbor, Michigan Jan. 16, 2018.

Slisher said this was his first successful search for meteorites, after one fruitless search in 1990 in a MI forest and another time in Georgia.

A meteoroid is a small chunk of asteroid or comet.

"This was probably a piece from the original formation of the solar system", Slisher said. "If that number persists, and people don't start finding more of these that would raise their value I would think substantially".

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