IMCA Insights – May 2010
At about 11:00 p.m local time on March 1, 2009, a meteorite was heard when crashing through the roof of a house in Bartow County, Georgia. An extensive search of the surrounding area has been conducted by the author and several others, but no additional stones have been found, most likely because the terrain does not present favorable recovery conditions.
The 294 gram
Impact artifacts remain on the meteorite's surface, including roofing material, wood fibers from impact with the rafter, gypsum from passage through the ceiling and paint from a glancing blow with an interior door. Arrangements are currently being made to classify the stone, which is an ordinary chondrite originating from either the L or LL parent body.
Reverse angle image
of the Cartersville meteorite
The author in the
attic of the impacted home, with hole in
A meticulous search for the missing fragment was also conducted inside the attic and house, but nothing was found as it was almost certainly an air break.
Tellus Museum curator
Julian Gray on the roof, indicating the position
Robert Ward, who
participated in the extensive ground search,
Julian Gray, working
in the attic with the author to determine the
Julian Gray, the
author and Tellus Museum executive director Jose
meteorite on display at
Tellus Museum, a spectacular,
The author with the
Cartersville meteorite, moments after having
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