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Karoonda meteorite

Karoonda meteorite
Karoonda meteorite commemorative column
Type Chondrite
Group CK
Country South Australia
Region Karoonda
Observed fall Yes
Fall date 1930-11-25

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.

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.[2] Witnesses closer to Karoonda reported that a loud detonation followed by a low rumbling like thunder being heard shortly after the meteorite passed overhead.[3] The meteorite was eventually found nearly a month later by Professor Kerr Grant after collecting information from locals and searching an area of a 3 miles (5 km) radius. The remains of the object were found buried in a crater and about 2 feet (0.6 m) in diameter.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Karoonda Meteorite". District Council of Karoonda East Murray. 11 January 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  2. ^ "Ball of Fire".  
  3. ^ "Locating Fireball".  
  4. ^ "The Karoonda meteorite".  

External links

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

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