The Sylacauga meteorite fell on November 30, 1954 at 2:46pm (18:46 U.T.) near the town of Sylacauga, Alabama. Although officially known as the Sylacauga meteorite, it is often referred to as the Hodges meteorite because a fragment of it struck Ann Elizabeth Hodges (1923–1972).
Upon the entry within the atmosphere the Sylacauga meteorite fragmented in at least 3 pieces:
- The Hodges fragment (3.86 kg - ) struck Ann Elizabeth Hodges.
- The McKinney fragment (1.68 kg - ) was found the next day.
- A third fragment is believed to have impacted somewhere near Childersburg (a few km north-west of Oak Grove).
Map of all coordinates from Bing
The Sylacauga meteorite is classified as an ordinary chondrite of H4 group.
The meteoroid came in on the sunward side of the Earth, so when it hit our planet it had passed the perihelion and was travelling outward from the Sun. Considering the orbit estimations, the best candidate as parent body is 1685 Toro.