Updated:2013-08-22

Meteorite Action!

2003-03-26 : Park Forest (U.S.A)

Spatial and Temporal Informations

Location of fall
Park Forest (Illinois, U.S.A)
Coordinates
41°29'5" N, -87°40'45" E
Date of fall
March 26, 2003 23h 50mn LT
March 27, 2003 05h 50mn UT
Initial velocity
19.5 ± 0.3 km/s
Start height of bolide
82 km
Start Coordinates
41°7'48" N, -87°54' E
Terminal height of bolide
<18 km
Terminal Coordinates
41°27'36" N, -87°43'48" E
Trajectory slope (// horizontal)
29 °

Video

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Sgt. Kyle Griffith/Police Department Video - South Haven/Michigan
Video : Sgt. Kyle Griffith/Police Department (South Haven, Michigan)

from a permanently mounted camera (dashcam) in a stationary car

Police Department Video - ?
Video : Police Department (?)

Police department Video - Harvey/Illinois
Video : Police department (Harvey, Illinois)

 Video - Chicago/Illinois
Video : (Chicago, Illinois)

An amateur photographer shooting a fire scene South-West of Chicago caught the flash of light on tape.

Photo

Fall on Garza's House

Robert Garza was asleep in his room when two meteorites crossed the ceiling, one of 178 g and the other 2,333 kg. The smallest directly through the window while the second broke through the rim and bounced into the room

Ceiling of Robert Garza's room

 
 

Ceiling of Robert Garza's room

 
Credit: ABC 7 Chicago television
 

Window and curtain

 
Credit: ABC 7 Chicago
 

Window and curtain

 
Credit: ABC 7 Chicago
 

 
 

 
 

Mirror broken by big piece

 
 

Mirror broken by big piece

 
Credit: ABC 7 Chicago
 

The two pieces fall into th room

 
Credit: ABC 7 Chicago
 2333gg and 178.3 g

The big piece

 
 

Fall on fire station

 
Credit: ABC 7 Chicago
 

 
Credit: ABC 7 Chicago
 

 
Credit: Stephen Carrera
 

 
Credit: ABC 7 Chicago
 

 
Credit: Stephen Carrera
 

Firefighter Dennis Kennedy holding the meteorite

 
Credit: Stephen Carrera
 

Fall on road

meteorite with yellow paint

 
Credit: Elliott Brennan, University of Chicago
 

 
Credit: Steven Simon, University of Chicago
 

impact on asphalt

 
Credit: Steven Simon University of Chicago
 

Fall on Navarro's House

Colby Navarro worked on his computer, the rock from outer space has gone through the ceiling, hit the printer, fell to the ground and came near a cupboard. The meteorite weigh 927 grams for a size of about 10 cm.

 
Credit: Ivan and Colby Navarro
 

 
Credit: Ivan and Colby Navarro
 

 
Credit: Ivan and Colby Navarro
 

 
Credit: Ivan and Colby Navarro
 

 
Credit: Ivan and Colby Navarro
 

Fall near Central Park (Park Forest]

Rich and Larry Atkins found that the meteorite Friday, March 29, 2003 near Central Park. It weighs 638 g and coated with a fusion crust.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Fall on a car Jennifer Ct, Steger, Illinois

This car had been rented by Ed Grollermond and parked at 3400 Short Jennifer Steger in Illinois. The windshield of the Plymouth Breeze was broken by two pieces meteorites.

 
 

 
 

A resident of Park Forest has noticed this stone lying near her car, morning after the fall .... Arriving at work, she heard the news about the meteor of the night and realizes that the stone near her car was probably a meteorite! Fortunately for her, when she came back home after his work, meteorite was still there!

 
 

 
 

Physical and kinetics Informations

Maximum absolute magnitude
-21.7 ( 28 km of height )
Pre-atmospheric mass of the meteoroid
11000 ± 3000 kg
Corresponding size (diameter)
2 m
Kinetic energy
0.5 kt TNT
Total known weight (TKW)
18 kg
Density
3.4 g cm-3

Orbital

Semimajor axis (a)
2.53 ± 0.19 UA
Inclination (i)
3.2 ± 0.3 °
Eccentricity (e)
0.680 ± 0.023
Longitude of ascending nodet (W)
6.1156 ± 0.0007 °
Argument of perihelion (w)
237.5 ± 1.6 °
Perihelion distance (q)
0.811 ± 0.008 UA
Aphelion distance (Q)
4.26 ± 0.38 UA

Lien

Planetary Science Research Discoveries (PSRD)
Meteorite Shower in Park Forest, Illinois
August 24, 2004
NASA
NASA - APOD 030506
May 3, 2003
meteorite.be
Meteorite's Bombardment in Chicago on Park Forest
March 31, 2003
www.mhmeteorites.com
The Park Forest Illinois Meteorites of March 27, 2003
March 30, 2003
CNN
Meteor lights up Midwestern sky
March 28, 2003
abc7 Chicago
Flash in the sky caught on tape
March 27, 2003

Reference

The orbit, atmospheric dynamics, and initial mass of the Park Forest meteorite
P. Brown, D. Pack, W. N. Edwards, D. O. Revelle, B. B. Yoo, R. E. Spalding and E. Tagliaferri
Meteoritics & Planetary Science 39 (2004), pp. 1781–1796