Center for Meteorite Studies

To date, 147 officially recognized meteorites have been found in Arizona, and four meteorites have been seen to fall and then subsequently recovered in Arizona.

The ASU Center for Meteorite Studies Meteorite Collection houses pieces of each of these observed falls. 

Read more about these meteorites below, and see them mapped here!

New AZ MeteoriteA large fireball was observed over eastern Arizona on June 2nd, 2016. Doppler radar returns indicated the meteorite landed on the lands of the White Mountain Apache Tribe.

With permission from the White Mountain Apache Tribe, scientists from the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies recovered 15 meteorites in June, 2016. Classification and name are yet to be determined by the Meteoritical Society.

Whetstone MountainsThe Whetstone Mountains meteorite (H5 chondrite) fell on June 23rd, 2009 in Cochise County, Arizona. The first stone was recovered less than 45 hours after the fall.

At least 20 stones have been recovered, with a total known weight of 3,055 grams (~6.7 lbs).

Indian ButteThe Indian Butte meteorite (H5 chondrite) fell in Pinal County, Arizona (west of Casa Grande) on June 7th, 1998. However, pieces were not found until 2013 with the help of Doppler radar returns.

At least thirty stones have been recovered, with a total known weight of 1,721 grams (~3.8 lbs).

Holbrook meteoriteHolbrook, an L/LL6 chondrite, was the first observed Arizona meteorite fall, on July 19th, 1912.

Thousands of meteorites have been recovered east of the city of Holbrook, with a total weight of over 220 kg (~485 lbs).


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