Each year we send a team out meteorite hunting, usually with our Australian colleagues to the Nullarbor Plain in South Australia. Find out more about each of our expeditions below, including who went where, and what we found.
2023: Nullarbor Plain
After a four-year absence owing to pandemic related travel restrictions, Nat managed to get back out to the Nullarbor in South Australia to join the wider Space Rocks Australia team again on a hunt.
Led by Prof Andy Tomkins & Dr Helen Brand, the Space Rocks team were joined by two microbiologists from Monash University who were investigating the environmental conditions on the Nullarbor, and collecting meteorites with little/no contamination to investigate as microbial habitats.
The 2023 expedition consisted of; Andy Tomkins (Monash), Helen Brand (ANSTO), Andrew Langendam (ANSTO), Seann McKibben (Monash/ANU), Rachel Kirby (ANU), Rachael Lappen (Monash), Parth Sharma (Monash) and Nat Stephen (Geolsoc/Imperial).
Final tally: 21 meteorites
2022: Shropshire, UK
On the 14th April 2022 at 00:45 am, a bright fireball was reported over the UK confirmed by eye witness reports, dashboard camera, and doorbell camera footage. It wasn't long before the confirmation that potential meteorite fragments could have landed in the UK, with a calculated fall zone over Condover, Shropshire. Led by the UK fireball alliance, we joined UK meteorite scientists on a hunt to find the next potential UK meteorite.
Final tally: unfortunately despite extensive search efforts, no meteorite has been found - yet!
2021: Winchcombe, UK
On the 28th February 2021, a large fireball was seen across the UK. By the 2nd March, early reports confirmed fragments of potential meteorites had been found across Gloucestershire, so a team of UK meteorite scientists headed out to begin searching across the British countryside...
Led by the Natural History Museum (London), scientists joined from the Open University, University of Manchester, Imperial College London, University of Glasgow, and Space Rocks UK.
Final tally: the Winchcombe Meteorite!