The search for a meteorite believed to have struck the earth near Dunedin last week continues.
The meteor is believed crashed about 10.50 pm on Sunday, August 28. However, as yet, no one has been able to find it.
Experts are currently reviewing around 1005 photographs of the area hoping to find the rare object.
A 1kg meteorite, or a rock the size of a fist, would be expected to create a crater with a 1m diameter, Stevenson said.
However, estimates of the size of the fireball had increased and now ranged up to 30kg.
If the meteor is found, it would be only the third time in New Zealand that a meteor had been recovered after being seen falling to Earth, he said.
There was a very good chance that the meteor was big enough not to have burned up on its descent. It was actually so big that the camera didn’t register it as a meteor at first — it thought it was looking at the moon.”