Sutter’s Mill Meteor

Sutters Mill Meteor

Sutter’s Mill Meteor

 

At 7:51 am on Sunday April 22nd, 2012 a major fireball was seen all over northern California and beyond.
There were sonic booms and windows were shaken. Scientists used weather radar to track the movements of the object and predicted that it fell near Coloma, CA. A few days later several small fragments were found near Sutter’s Mill. Scientifically the meteorite is called a CM chondrite, a rare class that contains water and carbon compounds that are similar to those responsible for producing life on Earth.

On the following Tuesday, teams from NASA and SETI started to arrive on the scene. One of the scientists was Peter Jenniskens, the world’s foremost authority on meteoriotes. Shortly after arriving at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park he found some of the first pieces of the meteorite.

 

It’s been meteor mania ever since!! NASA had organized search parties to look for pieces and there were plenty of professional and amateur meteorite hunters wandering the area.

Our own Ranger, Suzie Matin was one of the lucky ones to find not only one, but two pieces of the meteorite right in her front yard!!!!

These pieces are worth more than gold. The going price is $1,000 per gram.The scientific value degrades over time.

Some interesting facts about this meteorite…The approximate weight was 158,000 lbs. with a specific gravity of 2.2 (the dirt we stand on is 2.8).
Had this been an average meteor, composed of iron, it would have weighed 500,000 lbs`!!!!! We’re lucky it wasn’t iron or Coloma would be gone!

Meteor

Meteor

 

Suzie claims the way to find pieces of the meteorite is to NOT look for them!! It worked for her
and later in the day her Mom also  found a piece at her house across the river.

Click here for a neat link to Astro Bob’s Blog