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 3 January 1970. The photos enabled scientists to reconstruct the meteorite's orbit and determine that it originated in the main asteroid belt.