Elmshorn - Germany
25 April 2023 at 12:14 UTC
On April 25, 2023, at 12:14 UT, a meteorite the size of a tennis ball struck the roof of a house in Elmshorn, Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany. Upon hearing this news, we knew it was a spectacular event and that we should go there. Perhaps there would be more fragments in the area? And indeed, a few hours later, additional reports began to surface on the internet. This time, it was mentioned that a 3.6kg meteorite was found in a small crater in the garden of a residential estate. So it was already certain that a larger fragmentation had occurred, and there was a good chance of finding other pieces of the meteorite. After a few days, armed with this information, we decided to visit the impact site. In the meantime, official information appeared on the karmaka.de website, detailing further findings. A meteorite weighing approximately 200g was discovered on the driveway of a house by its owner. Most likely, a piece had struck the roof and fragmented into smaller pieces.
On April 29, Ewelina and Maciek Burski reported additional findings, of two shattered meteorites weighing 20.4g and 9.1g. The following day, on April 30, Svend Buhl reported finding a small specimen weighing 8.9g. By that day, we were already at the location, and our search began the next day, May 1, 2023.
On April 25, 2023, at 12:14:24 UTC, a daytime fireball lit up over northern Germany.