‘Dueodde’ (prov.) meteorite announced

On 16 March 2018 Professor Martin Bizzarro of the Statens Naturhistoriske Museum of Københavns Universitet reports a new meteorite (ordinary chondrite (H, L or LL ?) find in Denmark. The owner of a summer house in Dueodde on the Danish island Bornholm is reported to have discovered a small hole in an eternit panel of the roof of the annex of the summer house on 17 July 2017 while removing a thick layer of spruce needles and twigs with a broom. After inspecting the hole (~3-4 cm or 5 cm) the man is reported to have found the oval egg-sized meteorite under the pierced panel the following day while replacing it with a new one. Allegedly not considering it anything special the owner removed the meteorite and threw it away. Apparently, it wasn’t until his wife heard about the hole that the couple reinvestigated the stone and after some research on the internet considered it to be the meteorite and contacted Bizzarro. According to the landlord the hole couldn’t be older than 2 or 3 years because the annex had been relocated 4 years before. The meteorite has a weight of approximately 75 grams and has been provisionally named Dueodde. It will be on display at the Geological Museum in Copenhagen from 20 March 2018. The anonymous finder will receive a reward of 14,000 kroner (~2,300 US$) according to the Danekræ law. So far no visual recording of a bolide in the Dueodde region has apparently been found in the Danish, Norwegian and Swedish records.

Press release (SNM, 16 March 2018)

The publicly available information so far (without classification results, the essential analysis results of short-lived radionuclides etc.) remain extremely sparse. Given the circumstances of the discovery of the meteorite we consider a very thorough analysis of short-lived radionuclides as well as a close analysis of the impact hole essential before this meteorite can be accepted as a new fall or find. This includes a thorough analytical comparison of the meteorite with other recent falls of ordinary chondrites. The registration of a potentially ‘planted’ meteorite as a new fall/find in the Meteoritical Bulletin must be avoided by all means.

‘Dueodde’ (prov.) meteorite. Photo: Statens Naturhistoriske Museum

Alleged impact hole in the annex of the summer house in Dueodde. Photo: private

Alleged impact hole in the annex of the summer house in Dueodde. Photo: private


Weekendavisen (16 March 2018, Ideer (section), pp.1-3)