They will give $25,000 for a meteorite that fell near Canada


La Jornada newspaper
Thursday, April 13, 2023, p. 2

Portland. Somewhere in a remote corner of the woods near the border of Maine and Canada, rocks from space crashed into the Earth at noon Saturday and may be scattered across the ground.

A museum is offering a $25,000 prize to the first meteorite hunter to turn in a one-kilogram specimen.

An unusually bright fireball was seen in broad daylight as the rock disintegrated in the atmosphere, said Darrell Pitt, chief of the meteorites division at the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum in Bethel.

And NASA confirmed that the radar recorded the meteor’s fall in Maine, and that several people heard sonic explosions caused by an object when it exceeded the speed of sound.

According to Pitt, the fact that radar detected the meteorite’s fiery disintegration ensures that its remains can be found on Earth. With more people alerted there will be greater chances of recoveryPete announced yesterday.

However, there is no guarantee that there will be shards large enough to claim the reward.

NASA indicated on its website that: Meteorite masses calculated from radar tracks range from 1.59 grams to 322 grams, although larger masses may have fallen..

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