Chance to own a piece of Sutter’s Mill meteorite

This Sutter's Mill meteorite struck Suzi Matin's garage and broke into two fragments weighing 10.3 grams and 1.4 grams. The 10.3 gram has been broken into fragments for sale. Credit: Greg Hupe

Two of the meteorite hunting community’s most respected hunters, Greg Hupe and Mike Farmer, are selling small fragments from the 10.3 gram Sutter’s Mill meteorite (provisional name) that hit Suzie Matin’s garage. The price isn’t cheap – $2000 per gram – but they’ve divided the stone into very small pieces, so that a fraction of a gram becomes more affordable.

I found out about the offer tonight and wanted to pass it along. I wouldn’t normally promote a particular sale, but this meteorite has been the focus of extraordinary public and scientific interest due to its spectacular fall and rare nature. Sutter’s Mill appears now to be something other than the “usual” carbonaceous chondrite, though a complete analysis is still underway.

To date, the total weight of Sutter’s Mill meteorites comes to about 421 grams. The largest stone, a 44 gram individual, was found Thursday by Robert Ward, who also holds the distinction of finding one of the smallest pieces — 0.1 gram.

If you’re interested or would like more information, e-mail Greg Hupe at gmhupe@centurylink.net


Video of NASA’s hunt for Sutter’s Mill meteorites using a zeppelin. One caveat: the video seems to imply they found a specimen from the air, but the one shown was found instead by a ground search.

For the record, no one asked me to advertise this sale and I will not benefit from it in any way. There have been and will be other sales of Sutter’s Mill fragments in the future. If the number of pieces is large enough to “go around” like this one, I will post them here.

Here is the list of fragments available as of 10 p.m. CDT. All weights in grams:

0.0046 no crust $20.00
0.0062 no crust $20.00
0.0062 no crust $20.00
0.0162 25% crust $33.00
0.0240 30% crust $48.00 (on hold)
0.0278 15% crust $56.00 (on hold)
0.0302 no crust $61.00
0.0558 no crust $112.00
0.0670 no crust $134.00
0.0672 no crust $135.00
0.0710 no crust $142.00
0.0888 no crust $178.00
0.0898 no crust $180.00
0.0942 no crust $189.00
0.0988 no crust $198.00
0.1000 no crust $200.00
0.1292 no crust $259.00
0.2004 30% crust $400.00
0.0882 fragments & dust $200.00
0.1924 fragments & dust $436.00

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My name is Bob King and I work at the Duluth News Tribune in Duluth, Minn. as a photographer and photo editor. I'm also an amateur astronomer and have been keen on the sky since age 11. My modest credentials include membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) where I'm a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Assn. and Arrowhead Astronomical Society. I also teach community education astronomy classes at our local planetarium.

13 thoughts on “Chance to own a piece of Sutter’s Mill meteorite

  1. Hi Bob, i’ve been reading all your blogs with interest about the sutter’s mill meteorite’s but I wanted to ask you is there an increase in the amount of meteor’s we have been having lately or is it just the same as always, as it wasn’t that long ago we had the fireball february ones then there has been lot’s more since then. :)

    • Hi Lynn,
      I certainly haven’t heard of any increase in the number of meteors, but there has been an increase in the amount of reporting done on them. This might be for a number of reasons including more public awareness plus the ability to share a fireball sighting with the world via the Internet.

    • Sue,
      It’s mostly by appearance – fresh, matte-black fusion crust, little attraction to a magnet, black interior with tiny whitish flecks (although not in all pieces) and friable. If you’d like, send a picture or two to me at rking@duluthnews.com and I can help. You can also e-mail Dr. Jenniskens at the SETI Institute (Petrus.M.Jenniskens@nasa.gov) and ask him to confirm for you.

  2. Hey there Bob! I can’t find any new info on new meteorites found in the last week or so. Where was thee 44g found? Do you know where i can look to stay up to date on these things. Talk about it keeps me motivated. I’m glad to say I haven’t carried around 70lbs of asphalt yet thinking I got space rocks.

    • Hesher,
      Yes, that asphalt gets heavy in a hurry. I’ve posted links on some of my Sutter’s Mill blogs to Peter Jennisken’s tally and info site, but here it is again: http://asima.seti.org/sm/
      I only know the 44g piece was found by Robert Ward on Thursday. Not sure where.

  3. I believe I have a sutters mill meteorite. I have a little over a pound in 2 rocks. Can you advise me where to go to sell it?
    Thank you
    Kelly Eno-Floyd
    702-823-6494

    • Hi Kelly,
      You will need to have it verified first as Sutter’s Mill before selling it as such. Do you have clear photos of it? If so, feel free to send a picture to me at my e-mail: rking@duluthnews.com
      I’ll do my best to tell you if it’s possibly a meteorite.

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