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Natchez, Mississippi, USA

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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. Refer to the sections below for details and search maps, which you can download to Google Earth.

Entry Date/Time:2022-04-27 13:03 UTC
End Location:20 km E of Natchez, MS
Endpoint Coordinates:31.598°N, -91.1860°W
Reference Altitude:28 km above sea level
Energy / Mass Estimate:2 tonne TNT / 70 kg
Reference Speed:16 km/s
Bearing:227° SW
Slope:45° from vertical
Estimated Strewn Mass:< 15 kg
Classification:stony (LL chondrite?)
Event Links:NASA ARES Page
AMS Event 2591-2022

News and Video

Many people heard the sonic boom from this meteor, but it was visible to those looking in the right direction. A couple of cameras even captured the daytime fireball and one man even described it as bright, like “someone shined a flashlight […], right in your eyes.”

News coverage of the event and dashcam footage from Highway 25, just northeast of Jackson, MS
Video of the fireball from St. Francisville, Louisiana

Finds & Search Efforts – Meteorites Found!

Soon after the event, NASA released news that Doppler radar had detected meteorites, just east of Natchez, Mississippi, sending locals out to search. Then, news leaked Saturday, of a meteorite found near Natchez, that brought meteorite hunters from all over the country. The search was underway!

The first finds were made by Marc Fries and his wife Linda, as seen in the video below. Congratulations, Marc and Linda!

After Marc and Linda’s finds, meteorite hunters from all over the country poured in, and over the next week, many more finds were located, totalling over 500 grams.

Doppler data provided by Pat Branch, showing the shower of meteorites, 20km east of Natchez, MS
05/05/2022 Meteorite Finds. Please respect private property.

One of the early finds was a 180 gram fragment found broken after hitting the road surface, along Highway 98. This large fragment was found by Matt Stream and Roberto Vargas. The Stream-Vargas team 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 at least one fragment was found a day earlier, along highway.

  • Roberto Vargas
  • 150g Natchez meteorite

Raymond Borges and Rob Keeton found more freshly fallen meteorites on Monday, May 2nd, totalling more than 20 grams, along the highway.

If you found a meteorite, please contact us! We’d love to hear your story and share your pictures on this site. And, as always, please respect private property!

If you are interested in following the search efforts or joining the search, please join the discussion on Discord or join our Facebook group.

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StrewnLAB Search Area

A trajectory has been calculated from the videos above and matched to the Doppler data. This trajectory has been run through the StrewnLAB software to predict a most likely search area. The event is still under analysis, so stay tuned for updated maps, as the informaion becomes available. Please download and review the Google Earth files below for detailed maps of the search area.

Weather Data

The weather data below is sourced from weather balloons, and publicly available via NOAA’s Integrated Global Radiosonde Archive (IGRA). This data is downloaded and post-processed by the StrewnLAB algorithm, to account for changing weather patterns and weather balloon drift. The plots have altitude on the y-axis, in kilometers above sea level. The wind speed below 10km has large effect on the drift of meteorites.

Light winds from the NW would have caused some drift

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