Robert Ward holds a polished section from the stony-iron meteorite he collected at the Springwater pallasite strewn field in Canada. Ward displayed a portion of his collection at Impactika, Anne Black’s shop at the 60th Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. Photograph by Susan E. Swanberg.
The object from space hurtled toward the earth. As the object entered the atmosphere, it began to burn, creating a visible fireball. With a sonic boom and a ground-shaking thud, the object hit the earth. It was December 11, 2013 at about 7:11 p.m. and a meteorite had come to ground somewhere in southern Arizona.