Curtin University’s Desert Fireball Network team has celebrated the New Year in style by successfully recovering a recently fallen meteorite from Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre in outback South Australia.
Team leader and planetary geologist, Professor Phil Bland, hand-dug the 1.7kg meteorite from a 42cm deep hole just hours before the arrival of heavy rains that would have wiped all traces of the meteorite.
This remarkable finding is a result of a new camera network including 32 remote camera observatories across the Australian outback.
A complex three day recovery operation involving image analysis, triangulation and dynamic calculations led to the revelation that the finding was a chondrite or stony meteorite and is therefore an example of material created during the early formation of the Solar System more than 4.5 billion years ago.
This significant discovery demonstrates that the new camera network works and will give important contextual information for future studies.
“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.”
Read more here: Curtin University.