Welcome to Strewnify, your home base for all things meteorite hunting! Our goal at Strewnify is to provide you with the best information possible, to make your meteorite hunt successful. This means
- The best in publicly available, data-driven strewn field maps,
- Useful reference materials and tools, and
- The latest and most relevant news on fireball events in your local area, and around the world.
Strewnify was founded in 2019 by Jim Goodall, an automotive engineer and the President of the General Motors Astronomy Club. Jim applied his software engineering experience, and his passion for physics, to develop StrewnLAB, a computer simulation program dedicated entirely to meteor trajectory simulation. StrewnLAB models the entire flight of meteors through the Earth’s atmosphere, for the express purpose of locating meteorites on the ground.
Jim’s interest in meteors and meteorite hunting began in January of 2018, when the Hamburg Meteor entered the atmosphere only thirty kilometers from his home in southeast Michigan, scattering meteorite fragments across the frozen lakes below. Although he didn’t find any meteorites himself, Jim took it upon himself to learn everything he could about the Hamburg Meteor, and that investigation eventually led to the creation of StrewnLAB and the Strewnify website.
At least for now, Strewnify is a free service, and we hope to stay that way. However, the reports on this website rely heavily on the Mathworks MATLAB computing environment, and that license is incredibly expensive to maintain. Also, running a website is not free, so if you like what we’re doing and want to keep it free, please consider donating with button below.