Meteorite fragments found near frozen lake by MI meteorite hunters

The hunt is on for meteorites in Michigan

Did you see the incredible meteor fireball that flashed across the sky over Windsor-Essex and southern MI on Tuesday night?

"We have discovered that this meteor traveled nearly straight down through the atmosphere, which is unusual for a meteorite dropper", NASA said in a statement. A major section of the fragment fell in the township of Hamburg.

"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.

Astronomer Todd Slisher, Executive Director of the Longway Planetarium, holds up one of their prizes, which has been thoroughly wrapped up and sealed to limit the meteorite's exposure to the environment.

"A few days ago it was hundreds of thousands of miles on the other side of the moon", Ward said. He also took details from witnesses who saw the event which helped him narrow down the search area. "I've found over 600 meteorites all over the world and every continent except Antarctica". On Thursday he found three meteorites on Hamburg Township Lake.

A small fragment of a large comet or asteroid is known as a meteoroid.

The biggest meteor in modern recorded history was the 1908 shooting star over Tunguska, Russia, which knocked flat 800 miles of forest.

Licata says there are probably meteorites in nearby woods, but those rocks will be harder to find. However, to be characterized as a meteorite, the rock must be analyzed in a lab which tags them in accordance with the results.

Anyone who thinks they've found a meteorite from Tuesday's fall is invited to bring the piece to Longway Planetarium for further evaluation. Finding an intact meteorite is a rare collection which can be acquired only when more people a motivated to look for it, explained Pitt. The L here stands for low content of iron while the 6 stands for the scale that ranges from 3-7 for the least altered by heat to most altered. The analysis is free with museum admission.

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