TOKYO -- Fragments of a fireball identified as a meteor that streaked through the sky in Japan's capital and surrounding areas before daybreak on July 2 have been found in the city of Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, about 1 kilometer away from the original location where a meteorite was first discovered, the National Museum of Nature and Science announced on Aug. 3.
Fragments of the meteorite were first found in the city of Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, and it was later discovered that a meteorite had also fallen on the roof of an apartment in Funabashi.
On July 22, fragments were found on the ground near a parking lot alongside tiles during repairs to an apartment roof, according to the National Museum of Nature and Science, based in the capital's Taito Ward. Eight fragments including large pieces that weighed 95 and 73 grams each, as well as small ones that weighed up to 5 grams were discovered, with a total weight of 183 grams. The surface of the meteorite had become rusty and turned brown as it had been exposed to the environment for about 20 days since landing.
As these recently observed meteorites that dropped from a fireball have been identified to be a result of a meteorite shower -- a phenomenon in which meteorites are split and fall in a wide range of areas -- it is apparently highly likely that large fragments can still be found fallen in other places.
The museum plans to apply to register the newly discovered fragments under the name "Narashino meteorite" with the Meteoritical Society, in honor of the first discovery spot of the meteorite.
(Japanese original by Kenji Yoneda, Web Operation Center)