Lost City meteorite

Lost City fireball

The Lost City meteorite was the second meteorite fall to be recorded by a camera network, thus enabling its trajectory and orbit to be determined and a quick recovery of the fragments, which weighed a total of 17 kg. The Lost City meteorite was found upon analysis to be an H5 chondrite.


The now-defunct Prairie Meteorite Network, a system of 16 camera stations in seven Midwestern states run by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, recorded the Lost City fall on January 3, 1970. The photos enabled scientists to reconstruct the meteorite's orbit and determine that it originated in the main asteroid belt.