Amazing New Year’s Eve gift for fireball researchers—6 January 2016

Curtin University’s Desert Fireball Network team has successfully recovered a recently fallen meteorite from Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre in outback South Australia. The 1.7 kilogram meteorite is the first recovered as the result of a new camera network comprising 32 remote camera observatories stationed across the Australian outback. The Western Australian and South Australian museums are both collaborators on the project. Team leader and planetary geologist, Professor Phil Bland, hand-dug the meteorite from a 42cm-deep hole in a remote section of the lake bed just hours before the arrival of heavy rains that would have wiped away all trace of it. Professor Bland, supported by an ARC Laureate Fellowship, said the discovery held added significance for the Desert Fireball Network team. “It demonstrates beyond doubt that this giant machine that we’ve built really works. We’ve got a lot more rocks on the ground. This recovery will be the first of many—and every one of those meteorites will give us a unique window into the formation of the Solar System.”

Media issued by Curtin University.

Image: The 1.7 kilogram meteorite held by Professor Phil Bland soon after its recovery.
Image credit: Desert Fireball Network, Curtin University

Original Published Date: 
Wednesday, January 6, 2016