Carbonaceous chondrite fall near (Ksar) Tarda (قصر تاردة , ⵜⴰⵔⴷⴰ), near Errachidia ( الرشيدية , ⵉⵎⵜⵖⵔⵏ), Errachidia province, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco at ~ 2.30 p.m. on 25 August 2020

Last update: 26 September 2020

According to social media messages, first published on 26 August, many smaller masses (mostly between 1 and 50 grams) of rare carbonaceous chondrites (C?) have fallen in the area near Ksar Tarda ( قصر تاردة ) southwest of Mount Afrdou ( جبل أفردو ) southwest of Errachidia (Er Rachidia, الرشيدية , ⵉⵎⵜⵖⵔⵏ) along the N10 to Gulmima ( ڭلميمة ). According to nomads of the Berber tribe ‘Ait Khalifah’ (أيت اخليفة), which live on grazing in the region, an initially blue-orange then reddish fragmenting bolide, heading north towards the direction of Midelt, was observed at ~ 2.30 p.m. on 25 August 2020. Then three loud detonation booms were heard in the area causing panic among the local population in and around Tarda ( قصر تاردة ). At around 11 a.m. on 26 August the first small meteorite specimens were found. Meteorite specimens have been searched, possibly around location 31°48’00.3″N 4°42’29.5″W . The meteorite is being classified and will soon be registered in the database of the Meteoritical Society.

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