A giant meteor was seen exploding over Michigan.  The blast was so large it would have measured 2.0 on a Richter scale.  The explosion created a brief plume of light that was seen illuminating Detroit. Michigan residents were quick to capture the amazing spectacle on their phones and post it on social media.  The videos show a brief flash of light and subsequent loud booming sounds a few minutes later.

NASA took note of the event and said that it caught plenty of footage on its meteor cameras and also noted that this is a very rare event to happen near Michigan.  NASA said that they have determined the meteor was in the neighborhood of two yards across, weight more than a ton and had traveled over 40,000 miles before exploding on contact with the Earth's atmosphere.

Initially, NASA was unsure if the exploded meteor produced any meteorites that might have landed on the face of the Earth.  Meteorites are the smaller pieces of a large meteor. 

The day after, with help of the sunlight, a researcher found a small meteorite no a lake in Hamburg Township.

This was not the only meteorite to be discovered.  When the initial meteor exploded over downtown Detroit about 20 miles over the planet, its meteorites were scattered over a 2.5-mile area in Hamburg Township.  Meteor specialists knew exactly where to look and that's how the initial meteorites were discovered.

Robert Ward, a planetary researcher, and his team found the first meteorite 15 minutes into their hunt where they found a pecan-sized specimen.  Ward said locating the meteorite was made easy by solid scientific data.  Ward and his team used seismic data, Doppler data and witness accounts to pinpoint where the most likely landing spot would be.

While the scientific data learned from meteorites helps us understand more about how planets were formed, hunting meteorites can also bring great financial rewards.

Recently a representative of Christie's auction house said that they are offering $20,000 for 1 kilo of recovered meteorites.  We have all seen meteorites either in museums or on TV, almost as if there is an overabundance of them, right?

Apparently, they are so rare that if all of the possessed meteorites were put together, they would weigh barely less than the world's annual output of gold and they would be valued at least their own weight in gold.

Science and gold raining from the skies after a spectacular show!  Does nature it get any more awesome?

Posted on January 19, 2018 in Science and filed under science, space.
Source: freep,