Karoonda meteorite


Karoonda meteorite
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Karoonda meteorite commemorative column
RegionMurray and Mallee
Coordinates35°06′S 139°56′E / 35.100°S 139.933°E / -35.100; 139.933Coordinates: 35°06′S 139°56′E / 35.100°S 139.933°E / -35.100; 139.933[1]
Observed fallYes
Fall date25 November 1930
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Karoonda meteorite commemorative plaque

The Karoonda meteorite fell to earth on 25 November 1930 at 10:53 pm near the South Australian town of Karoonda.[1]

The CK chondrites were named for this meteorite.[2]

Adelaide residents reported a huge ball of fire with a flaming tail shooting across the eastern sky. Some reported that the colour of the flames changed from brilliant red, to pale blue to sickly yellow.[3] Witnesses closer to Karoonda reported that a loud detonation followed by a low rumbling like thunder was heard shortly after the meteorite passed overhead.[4] The meteorite was eventually found nearly a month later by Professor Kerr Grant who collected information from locals and then searched an area of radius 3 miles (5 km). The remains of the object were found about 2 feet (0.6 m) underground, in a crater about 2 feet (0.6 m) in diameter.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Karoonda Meteorite". District Council of Karoonda East Murray. 11 January 2005. Retrieved 15 January 2007.
  2. ^ "Meteoritical Bulletin: Recommended classifications".
  3. ^ "Ball of Fire". The Advertiser. Adelaide, South Australia: National Library of Australia. 26 November 1930. p. 9. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Locating Fireball". The News. Adelaide, South Australia: National Library of Australia. 3 December 1930. p. 5. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  5. ^ "The Karoonda meteorite". Bunyip. Gawler, South Australia: National Library of Australia. 26 December 1930. p. 8. Retrieved 19 December 2013.

External links

  • Karoonda meteorite fragments in the R.A. Langheinrich meteorite collection
  • An article from the American Museum of Natural History on the meteorite
  • Karoonda Meteorite webpage on Monument Australia website