New Orleans, Home Wrecker Hammer Fall, Micromount

$6.00

Description

On September 23 2003, a stony meteorite (H5 chondrite) smashed through the roof of a house while the homeowners were away at work. When they came out, they found a trail of destruction. Besides the hole in the roof, the meteorite also damaged an antique writing desk, crashed through the floor and came to rest in the bathroom. Much of the New Orleans meteorite was lost in the flood after hurricane Katrina. 

Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing a small fragment like the one shown in the photo. Your purchase will come with a labeled gemjar for safe storage.


From the Meteoritical Bulletin entry on New Orleans :

New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana USA

Fell 2003 September 23. approx. 16:05 hrs (CST)

Ordinary chondrite (H5)

On the afternoon of September 23rd 2003, a meteorite crashed through the two-story home of Ray and Judy Fausset, who were not at home at the time. Neighbors said that they heard a "terrific noise." Two observations of a fireball were recorded. The main mass of the meteorite was found in the crawl space under the house. Powdery meteorite debris and fragments were found along the penetration path throughout the house. A total mass of 19.256 kg was recovered from the Fausset house, the three largest fragments weighing 2966 g, 1292 g and 1001 g. Some additional material (~100 g) was also recovered in the surrounding neighborhood. Description and classification (S. Nelson, Tulane University; R. Jones and A. Brearley, UNM; T. Bunch and J. Wittke, NAU): The meteorite is light grey with a black fusion crust, and very friable. Abundant metal and troilite are visible on broken surfaces, as well as some thin (mm-thick) impact melt veins.