Carbonaceous meteorite fall (>2.23 kg) on 6 June 2017 at ~5:15 a.m. IST (UTC+05:30) in Mukundpurā (मुकुन्दपुरा), Jaipur (जयपुर), Rajastan, India (updated: 25 June)

Last update: 25 June 2017

Exact fall location of the meteorite (up is north).

On 6 June 2017 at about 5:10-20 a.m. IST (UTC+05:30) a carbonaceous meteorite, apparently weighing ~ 2.73 kg in total, fell on the farmland of Banśī Bāgaṛā (बंशी बागड़ा) in the village Mukundpurā (मुकुन्दपुरा) , about 14 km west-southwest of Jaipur (जयपुर) , Rajastan, India. Many villagers saw the bolide’s flare, heard loud detonation sounds and felt the shock wave which some considered to be an earthquake. The bolide’s flare was apparently seen in a North-northwestern direction. The preliminary azimut of the bolide’s trajectory is officially given with N20°W and a trajectory angle of about 32°. A local villager found the meteorite in its ~15-cm-deep, ~43-cm-wide circular impact pit and informed the police office in Bhānkrota (भांकरोटा). On impact the meteorite, a carbonaceous chondrite (brecciated CM2 ?), broke into two elongated regmaglypted larger fragments (~ 15.25 cm and ~ 10.25 cm long), another larger one, several mid-sized ones and many smaller ones. The total weight of the officially recovered fragments is 2.23 kg. The matrix of larger fragments shows distinct lithologies which might show very well in X-ray microtomography data. The fall location is ~26.881481, 75.663954. Sandy impact ejecta mixed with smaller meteorite fragments could be found along the eastern and east-southeastern rim of the impact pit. The impact pit was covered with tarpaulins to protect it. A few hours after the fall, before noon, almost all of the meteorite fragments on the sandy surface in and around the impact pit were removed and brought to the Bhānkrota police station where they were presented to the media. Since the fragments were collected so soon after the impact they were hardly or not at all exposed to precipitation and thus remained rather pristine. This quality makes them particularly important for scientific research. The classification is being done at the Meteorite & Planetary Science Division, Geological Survey of India (GSI), NCEGR, Kolkata.

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The broken meteorite inside the impact pit in the early morning light (up is west-northwest) Photo: Bhanu Sharma (published: 6 June 2017, 8:12).

Meteorite inside the impact pit in the early morning light. (up is west-northwest) Photo: Bhanu Sharma (published: 6 June 2017, 8:12)

Later photo of meteorite fragments which have been moved inside the impact pit by the villagers. Photo: Nachhatar Pal (published 7 June 2017)

The meteorite in its impact pit (up is east-southeast).

Broken meteorite in impact pit (up is north-northeast). Photo: Laxmi Narayan Sharma

The rummaged impact pit after the removal of the meteorite fragments. Photo: GSI

Villager trying to reconstruct the original shape of the meteorite by uniting the two largest fragments. Photo: bhaskar

The largest fragment. Photo: GSI

The second largest fragment with regmaglypts. Photo: GSI

The two main masses. Photo: News Nation

The largest fragments shown at Bhānkrota police station. Photo: ETV

The two large elongated fragments shown at Bhānkrota police station. Photo: First India News

Smaller fragments in bag at Bhānkrota police station. Photo: ETV

Fall region.

Video: Lokvarta / ajeet shekhawat

Video: Vinit Dixit (published: 6 June 2017, 10:14 am)

Video: Lokvarta

ETV Rajastan (6 June 2017)

Video: Ashok Singh Gurjar

Video: First India News (6 June 2017)

Video: News Nation (11 June 2017)