Bourville, Normandy, France – Monday, February 13, 2023, 3:59 AM local time, a large meteor fireball appeared over the English Channel, impacting the atmosphere with an energy equivalent to ~40 tonnes of TNT and ending in a bright flash. Hundreds of people witnessed the event, both on the ground and viewing live webcams online from around the world. Aside from being rather large, there was something else that made this fireball unique… this meteor was expected and arrived right on time!
Asteroid 2023 CX1 (initially called Sar2667) was discovered less than seven hours before impact, by Hungarian astronomer Krisztián Sárneczky, at Konkoly Observatory’s Piszkéstető Station, in the Mátra Mountains of Hungary. 2023 CX1 is only the seventh asteroid discovered before being successfully predicted to impact Earth. Before it impacted, 2023 CX1 was originally a near-Earth asteroid on an Earth-crossing Apollo-type orbit. (Wikipedia: 2023 CX1)
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Search Efforts & Finds
Due to the unique nature of this event and the likely prospect of recovery, meteorite hunters from around the world are travelling to France to search for a piece of 2023 CX1.
IMPORTANT: The search area is very small and mostly private land. You must make arrangments and obtain permission before hunting! PLEASE act responsibily and respectfully, because your actions can affect the reputation of all meteorite hunters.
14 Meteorites Found So Far, Totalling 406 grams!
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Original Story, with 100 gram find:
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StrewnLAB Search Area
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Version 5.2: includes accurate wind and adjusted for finds
Version 6: Very similar to V5.2, but slightly adjusted for finds and I also collected the coordinates of many searched areas and included them in the calculation of the probability for each grid square. This is a new technique, let me know what you think!
The Finds file now includes the location of the 175g stone found by the American team, Steve Arnold and Roberto Vargas!
Searched Areas Map (Team Strewnify VIP Content)
Searched areas were collected from several meteorite hunters, and this data is available exclusiviely to Team Strewnify VIP subscribers. For more info, visit our Team Strewnify page.
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