February 24, 2024


Meteorite Strewn Field Maps, News, and Reports

Audenhain, Germany

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AMS submitted photo, © Tino N.

Audenhain, Saxony, Germany – Thursday, February 09, 2023,12:12 AM local time, A small meteor fireball was observed heading east at 13 km/s, and ending at a height of 26 km above the ground. Given it’s slow speed and steep entry angle, there could be meteorites available for recovery, in the area surrounding the village of Audenhain.

Entry Date/Time:2023-02-08 23:12 UTC
End Location:30 km ENE of Leipzig, Germany
Endpoint Coordinates:51.4980°N, 12.7882°E
Reference Altitude:26 km above sea level
Energy / Mass Estimate:0.3 tonnes TNT / 16 kg
Reference Speed:12.5 km/s
Bearing:95° NNE
Slope:24.6° from vertical
Estimated Strewn Mass:< 6.2 kg
Estimated Fragment Size:< 1.6 kg
Event Links:Czech Academy of Sciences Analysis
AMS Event 850-2023

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StrewnLAB Search Area

Trajectory data for this event was posted online by the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. This trajectory data was analyzed and run through our StrewnLAB software to predict the search area shown below. Please download and review the Google Earth files below for detailed maps of the search area.

The odd shape of the search area is due to a combination wind uncertainty and a high darkflight altitude, indicating that large masses (>1.6kg) could not have survived.

Search area near Audenhain
the critical search areas near Audenhain

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 onthe drift of meteorites.

There were only light winds at the time of the fall
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