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Buseck Center for Meteorite Studies

New Orleans

September’s Meteorite of the Month is New Orleans, an ordinary (H5) chondrite that fell in Louisiana, in 2003.

According to the Meteoritical Bulletin (MB88):

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. 

Listen to an interview with the home owner, here, and read local news coverage, here!

Specimen photo © ASU/BCMS.

Interior fragment of New Orleans meteorite with 1cm scale cube.

Damage from the New Orleans meteorite
This photo of interior damage caused by the New Orleans meteorite fall was taken by Roy Fausset and originally appeared in ViaNolaVie.