Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Meteorite believed to have landed near Mount Clemens, let the hunt begin

Posted By on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 10:02 AM

Individual pieces of the Sikhote-Alin iron meteorite (Sikhote-Alin Mts, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia). - SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Individual pieces of the Sikhote-Alin iron meteorite (Sikhote-Alin Mts, Primorskiy Kray, Far-Eastern Region, Russia).

Updated 11:01 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 18: Experts now believe the meteorite fragments would likely be in Livingston County or eastern Ingham County, not the Mount Clemens area of Macomb County as initially reported.

You're lucky if you happened to spot the meteorite that lit up the sky over Detroit Tuesday night — but you'd be even luckier if you manage to find a piece of it.

According to a post on NASA Meteor Watch Facebook page, pieces of a meteorite are "likely" on the ground in southeast Michigan. A top astronomer at Cranbrook Institute of Science told WXYZ he believes the meteorite could have landed in or around the Mount Clemens area, although the NASA post seems to place it further west, by Howell.

"Let's see what the meteorite hunters find," the NASA post says.

NASA believes the meteorite was at least a yard across before it exploded in the atmosphere. If you find a fragment, it could be worth big bucks. A post on eBay by Kellyco Metal Detectors says meteorites can fetch $300 per gram, or more. That means one 1 pound of meteorite could be worth $1 million.
"Meteorites are rarer than gold, platinum, diamonds or emeralds. Owning one is the only way to touch the cosmos, and the demand for such an experience is quite high all over the world!" according to the post.

Let the hunt begin.

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