PULI ILKARINGURU meeteorite fall (H5, 18 November 2019) on the Nullarbor Plain, Western Australia

Last update: 30 May 2023

Curtin University press release (30 July 2020)

The Desert Fireball Network (30 July 2020)

Puli Ilkaringuru, Fall on 18 November 2019

On 29 May 2023 the meteorite fall was added to the Meteoritical Bulletin as Puli Ilkaringuru.

The 369-gram Puli Ilkaringuru meteorite (H5) which fell northwest of Forrest Airport on 18 November 2019 was found in the second half of July 2020 at location -30.55463, 127.59957 after about four hours of searching during a 2-week trip to the predicted ~5-km fall area. The meteorite was found within 100 metres from the calculated ‘fall line’. Puli Ilkaringuru, the name of the local area, meaning “little rock” in the Tjuntjuntjara language, was provided by the Pitjantjatjara Community. Photo: Raiza Quintero

The 369-gram Puli Ilkaringuru meteorite with a network of contraction cracks in its fusion crust in situ. Photo: Raiza Quintero

The Puli Ilkaringuru meteorite in situ. Photo: DFN/Curtin University

Dr Martin Towner (head of DFN field operations) and PhD and masters students Seamus Anderson, Francesca Cary, Morgan Cox, Ken Orr and Raiza Quintero at the fall site in July 2020. Photo: DFN

This photo shows the Puli Ilkaringuru bolide (DN191118_02) on 18 November 2019 recorded by a DFN camera. Its preatmospheric orbit apparently had an apoapsis which almost reached the Jupiter orbit. Photo: DFN