Meteorite Action!

2010-04-14 : Mifflin (U.S.A)

Meteorite caught from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Courtesy: Nathan Alf
 Nathan was taking some pictures for a class project when he captured this amazing picture of the meteor streaking through the sky!

Fireball caught from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Credit: Ace Waters

University of Wisconsin-Madison campus ~ 22:07

This images were captured by a camera mounted on the northwest corner of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Building on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Credit: University of Wisconsin AOS/SSEC
 Moments before bursting in a dazzling fireball over southwestern Wisconsin, a likely meteor appears as a bright dot in the Wednesday night sky.

Credit: University of Wisconsin AOS/SSEC
 A dazzling flash of light fills the sky over southwestern Wisconsin. Meteorite burst around 10:07 p.m. Wednesday, illuminating clouds and contrails from airplanes.

Security Camera Platteville, Wisconsin

Credit: Police Department
 Platteville PDs street cameras that caught footage of the meteor flying over the police station.

The first stone recovered (7.4 g) 22 hours after fall

Boudreaux says he calculated the path of the meteor and took off to Livingston with his two sons to look for the precious rocks. He was not the first one to find them, however. A local farmer showed the remains of the meteor to Boudreaux. The collector bought off the rock from the farmer and is planning to come back to collect more scattered rocks that could be worth thousands of dollars.[....]
"I started to collect fireball information, eyewitness reports. I looked at National Weather Service radar, got the trajectories. My kids were up till midnight going, 'Dad can we go, dad can we go?'" said Terry Boudreaux.
After taking four hours to get to Wisconsin and spending many more driving through some 400 miles of farmland and scouring the roads for little black rocks, Terry says he approached a farmer just outside of Livingston, Wisconsin.
"...He said, 'If you see those two chairs over there. I was sitting having a beer with my buddy and the sky exploded above my head and 20 to 30 seconds later a piece hit the shed right there, fell and hit the ground.'"
As it turns out a neighboring farmer brought over another meteorite 30 minutes later. So now terry had two. Experts at the Field Museum wasted no time weighing the one donated to them.
(article http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=7393945 from abc7chicago/Michelle Gallardo )

Terry Boudreaux holds one of the first recovered pieces

Credit: channel3000.com
 7.4g piece of rock

Terry boudreaux donate the second meteorite at the Field Museum

Credit: abc7 Chicago
 48g piece of rock