The Russian International News Agency (RIA Novosti) confirms that the small half-inch black rocks littered around the hole on frozen Lake Chebarkul near Chelyabinsk have been confirmed as meteorites from Friday’s exploding fireball. Click HERE for a closeup photo.
Victor Grokhovsky of Urals Federal University and a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Meteorites, described the fragments as ordinary chondrites, a common type of stony meteorite knocked from the crust of an asteroid. The space rocks have an iron content of about 10 percent.
Gokhovsky hopes the new fall will be named Chebarkul, after the nearest town. Most meteorite falls are named after the nearest city, post office or important landmark after being reviewed by the Nomenclature committee of the Meteoritical Society, a group of over 1000 scientists and meteorite enthusiasts from around the world.
Based on the fireball’s dual smoke trail and multiple explosions heard, there were probably at least several masses of meteorite that fell in addition to the material at Chebarkul Lake. No reports on those … yet. Just listen carefully to the video below.
Smoke trail and explosions from the Russian meteor
Video of the fireball from a very different vantage point. Watch the effects of the shock wave after the meteor passes