Meteorites from fireball seen over Arizona found

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Arizona State University says researchers have found pieces of a small asteroid spotted over eastern Arizona earlier this month. (Source: ASU) Arizona State University says researchers have found pieces of a small asteroid spotted over eastern Arizona earlier this month. (Source: ASU)
Arizona State University says researchers have found pieces of a small asteroid spotted over eastern Arizona earlier this month. (Source: ASU) Arizona State University says researchers have found pieces of a small asteroid spotted over eastern Arizona earlier this month. (Source: ASU)
ASU graduate students Daniel Dunlap and Prajkta Mane consult their notes while looking for meteorites in the White Mountain Apache tribal lands. (Source: Laurence Garvie, ASU) ASU graduate students Daniel Dunlap and Prajkta Mane consult their notes while looking for meteorites in the White Mountain Apache tribal lands. (Source: Laurence Garvie, ASU)
Arizona State University says researchers have found pieces of a small asteroid spotted over eastern Arizona earlier this month. (Source: ASU) Arizona State University says researchers have found pieces of a small asteroid spotted over eastern Arizona earlier this month. (Source: ASU)
TEMPE, AZ (AP) -

Arizona State University says researchers have found pieces of a small asteroid spotted over eastern Arizona earlier this month.

ASU spokeswoman Beth Giudicessi said Wednesday that a team of meteorite hunters recently located 15 meteorites on tribal lands after getting permission to search.

Working in partnership with the White Mountain Apache Tribe, scholars spent more than 130 hours searching the White Mountains.

Laurence Garvie, ASU Center for Meteorite Studies curator, says the findings offer a "piece of that giant puzzle about where did we come from."

The tribe will have ownership of the meteorites but ASU will curate them.

Dozens of people reported seeing a fireball in the early morning hours of June 2.

NASA officials say it was a small asteroid that had broken apart.

[Online: Tracking down the Arizona fireball]

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