Natchez, Mississippi, USA – April 27, 2022, 8:03 AM local time, citizens of Mississippi and Louisiana were stunned to see a bright meteor in the sky, in broad daylight! Even more people were startled to hear a loud boom, indicating that the impact had penetrated deep into the atmosphere. Sonic booms are always a good sign that meteorites could be on the ground. In this case, they most certainly are, because some have already been found!
This was a daytime fireball, and NASA estimates the mass at entry to be aroung 70 kilograms. After atmospheric ablation, we estimate there could be as much as 15kg of meteorite material on the ground. Check back here for details and search maps, which you can download to Google Earth, before they are released to the public.
One of the earliest finds so far is a 150 gram fragment found along Highway 98, by the Roberto Vargas. Roberto Vargas and Matt Stream began their hunt on Sunday, May 1st, and were lucky to find a very nice chondrite on their first day of hunting. The meteorite material appears to be ordinary chondrite, possible LL type. Other teams are searching as well, and rumor has it that a larger fragment was also found along the highway.
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