TEMPE, Ariz. — Pieces of a small asteroid that left a fiery trail in the sky over a big chunk of Arizona earlier this month have been found by researchers, Arizona State University says.
A team of meteorite hunters recently located 15 meteorites on tribal lands after getting permission to search, ASU spokeswoman Beth Giudicessi said Wednesday.
Working in partnership with the White Mountain Apache Tribe, scholars spent more than 130 hours searching the White Mountains.
The findings offer a "piece of that giant puzzle about where did we come from,” said ASU Center for Meteorite Studies curator Laurence Garvie.
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.
A Tucson motorist captured video that shows the fireball lighting the sky over Tucson.
NASA says it was a small asteroid that had broken apart