Meteorite Piece Found in Michigan by Robert Ward After January 16, 2018 Meteor Sighted in Several States and Boom Heard in Michigan Are Now at Field Museum

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The Field Museum is now home to one of the freshest and most interesting meteorites, which fell from outer space just a couple of weeks ago.

Scientists and graduate students at Chicago’s Field Museum are studying a piece of the meteor that broke apart earlier this month over Michigan. The 6-foot-wide meteor crumbled about 20 miles over Earth on January 16th, 2018 creating a bright light seen in several states and a thunderous boom heard over southeast Michigan.

Professor Philipp Heck explained that the meteorite is a chondrite.

Chondrites are stony (non-metallic) meteorites that have not been modified by melting or differentiation of the parent body.

AP: Scientists investigate meteor seen in seven states.

Apparent meteor lights up skies over parts of Michigan.

Many cameras and witnesses caught sight of a meteor and a flash. Some heard a loud boom shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday January 16, 2018 in northern Illinois and southern Michigan.

The observation was immediately described as a bolide, a type of fireball or “brighter than usual meteor” that explodes with a bright terminal flash, often with visible fragmentation.

One account of the meteor on the night of its observation stated that the meteor might have hit ground south of I-69 and west of Belsay Road near Burton, Michigan, which is just east of Flint, Michigan, and northwest of Detroit.


The meteor piece, now safe at the Field Museum, was donated after it was found northwest of Detroit on a frozen lake near Hamburg, Michigan by meteorite hunter Robert Ward, who found at least two other pieces on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Hamburg Township is actually about 50 miles south of the location near Burton, Michigan.

Robert Ward, Space Cowboy Take Two.

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