A new danish meteorite

The Maribo meteorite fall

On January 17, 2009 an ancient, meter sized rock hit the Earth´s atmosphere. Moving at almost 20 km/s it created a spectacular fireball which could be seen up to 900 km away.

It entered the atmosphere over the Baltic and headed west toward the Danish island Lolland. On Lolland the dark night turned into day for a few seconds followed by a powerful supersonic boom a few minutes later.

Six weeks later a German meteorite hunter, Thomas Grau, found a walnut sized fragment of the meteorite.

This is so far the only fragment that has been found.

Analysis of the Maribo meteorite shows that it is a rare carbonaceous chondrite of type CM.

This is only the 15th observed fall of a CM chondrite – the last one happened in Kobe, Japan in 1986. It is also the first witnessed fall of a meteorite in Denmark for 58 years.

Maribo contains amino acids and other organic compounds from the birth of the Solar system.

It also contains samples of the oldest datable solids from our solar system. It is being studied at the new center for Stars and Planets and by several other groups around the world. The results will provide new insight as to how our Solar system formed.