Meteorite hunter finds space rock fragments in Hamburg Township

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Source Longway Planetarium Todd Slisher with meteorite

The American Meteor Society reports that a total of 6 meteorites from the January 16 event have been found in MI.

The main pieces were found Thursday by proficient seekers Larry Atkins and Robert Ward of Arizona, as indicated by the American Meteor Society.

The American Meteor Society has so far received more than 355 fireball sightings from six US states and Ontario, Canada.

This brought out dozens of meteorite hunters in hopes of finding precious stones.

"It's a really spectacular specimen", Ward told the publication, adding, "Two days ago, this was hundreds of thousands of miles past the moon, and now I'm standing here holding it in my hand. I've found over 600 meteorites all over the world and every continent except Antarctica".

"We are happy and excited to report, two meteorites from the January 16th fall have been found in MI", the Thursday tweet said. Another piece is the size of a quarter and the largest meteorite is about an inch wide, he said. Todd Slisher, the planetarium's executive director and an astronomer, said the meteorite is made up of a stony, grayish material, with black fusion crust from when it fired its way through Earth's atmosphere. "You know, everybody thinks they're gonna go in, and you know, pick up what we missed but when we're done, there's really not anything to miss unless it's below the snow".

There are no doubt other meteorites in the area from this fall. Some observers even saw it from the province of Ontario, in Canada.

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The meteor, about six feet wide, broke apart about 20 miles above the Earth recently, creating a bright light in the skies over MI.

NASA reports that the meteoroid entered Earth's atmosphere above the southeastern part of MI, just to the northwest of Detroit.

Meteorites range from the durable to the delicate.

A rock, pulled out of the snow, that meteorite-hunters say likely traces back to a fireball that exploded over Ann Arbor, Michigan Jan. 16, 2018.

The meteorites were found near Charlotte, Michigan and near Whitmore Lake, according to WDIV.

In 1996, the space agency established the Spaceguard program that monitors near-Earth objects such as comets and asteroids that come within 45 million kilometers of the planet's orbit.

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