|AUTHOR||Dr. Marc Fries||POSTED||5/2/2022|
|AUTHOR||Dr. Marc Fries|
Four meteorites have been found in the Natchez MS meteorite fall at the time of this writing. The first find was made by LInda Welzenbach Fries at 2:45 PM local time on Saturday 30 April 2022, followed by another by Marc Fries later that day. Roberto Vargas and Matthew Stream found two more the next morning.
Mr. Eric Rasmussen must be congratulated on finding this event in radar data. I examined the radar imagery on Thursday but made a dumb mistake, looking in data from 8AM local time instead of converting to UTC. I didn't find anything but recieved an email from Eric the next morning telling me he had found radar signatures of falling meteorites. I performed a dark flight modeling analysis to generate the strewn field estimate seen on this page, then drove to the site with my wife Linda the next morning (Saturday). Big thanks to Eric for his persistence!
The strewn field is mostly forest but a four lane divided highway transects it right at the point where the strongest radar signatures are visible. All four meteorite recoveries were made in the cleared area around the road. Excercise caution if searching this site. There is a prison at the east end of the strewn field so be cautious if approached. We saw a venomous snake and a black widow spider in the woods, and ticks are plentiful in the taller grass. As always, obtain permission from landowners before searching any privately owned lands.
Meteorites from this fall have a moderately glossy black fusion crust with a light-toned, mostly fine-grained, brecciated appearance. Initial assessment is that this is an LL5 or LL6 chondrite.