THE WEST, TEXAS METEORITE HUNT
McLennan County, Texas  February 2009             VIEW PHOTO JOURNAL >>>

On the afternoon of February 15, 2009, while the Aerolite Meteorites team was hard at work breaking down our showroom at the close of the annual Tucson gem and mineral show, a spectacular fireball was caught on film by a cameraman covering a sports event in Austin, Texas. We couldn't have imagined it at the time, but the brilliant daytime fireball was approximately 120 miles away from the man filming — somewhere over McLennan County, near Waco.

My close friend and expedition partner, Steve Arnold, jumped in the car outside his home in rural Arkansas and headed for central Texas. He drove all night and arrived in the vicinity of the suspected strewnfield shortly after dawn. Steve stayed up all of that day hunting, without success. On his second day he found a small freshly fallen meteorite and called me immediately. I got up at 4 am the following morning, packed my gear quickly, and headed to the airport with my friend Suzanne Morrison, a fellow Tucson-based meteorite hunter and photographer, and member of the Aerolite team

Here is our photo journal of the great West, Texas meteorite hunt >>>

Photographs by Geoffrey Notkin, Suzanne Morrison, Steve Arnold,
Leigh Anne DelRay, Mike Miller, and Mike Bandli
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