I never tire of photos from the California meteorite hunt and thought you’d enjoy seeing more of them, too. Take a look at the happy faces of people who’ve found or bought meteorites that fell from the sky over Sutter’s Mill, Lotus Park and the Coloma area. The total take of cosmic booty as of May 2, 2012 isn’t much – about 28 stones weighing about 226 grams or half a pound.
On the down side, the price of the meteorites sold and considered for sale hovers around $1000 or more per gram. While this is a rare variety of meteorite, it’s not THAT rare. Lunar and Martian meteorites, which are rarer yet, typically sell for the same price.
The Bible of meteorite data, the Meteoritical Bulletin, lists 446 CM chondrite meteorites like the California fall and 258 planetary meteorites found on Earth that came from the moon and Mars. Some of the price inflation comes from hype (guess I’m a little to blame), some due to the small amount of material found thus far and some because of the notoriety of where it fell. After all, Sutter’s Mill was the site of the original California Gold Rush.
I want to thank all the hunters who’ve been so kind to share their images with me and in turn, with you.