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Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Fireball or Space Junk on 07/27/16?

By · July 28, 2016 · Filed in Meteor falls, Space Junk · Comments Off on Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Fireball or Space Junk on 07/27/16?

Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Fireball So It Was First Reported…

Hello Ya’ll.  Wow…. Ok so first off I had know idea that the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower was going on! Last night at about 9:30pm my wife and I got home from our bowling league. About 15 minutes later my daughter called me outside to see a strange light in the sky. There was 2 pieces, 1 large a little forward and one small a little higher. Both with what appeared to be long comet tales traveling a lot slower that a typical falling star and lasting way longer. I told her “Holy Shit that’s a meteor or space junk burning up”. We were facing Northeast and it was traveling northwest to southeast down on a 10 to 15 degree angle. It was bright white about the same lumens as the sun and we watched it for about 20 seconds before it went down behind some houses. about 15 seconds into its flight, the big piece broke into 2 pieces from our perspective. The first thing I did was run in the house and check the web for confirmation on what the fireball was, nothing was posted yet on the news or meteor/meteorite reporting site http://lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com/, so I reported my sighting(which we all should) to the website.

Ok, after checking on this more this morning to see what new happened last night, the news channels that first reported this event as a meteor fall part of the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower are now saying that it was space junk after all! Expert Jonathan McDowell an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts said that it was the second stage from the first Chang Zheng 7 rocket, launched June 25.

So why should we all report meteor falls even if you are not sure what it is?

First off, we are not talking about the little streakers (falling stars) that last less than a second. We are talking about significant meteor falls (fireballs) that might have a chance on hitting the ground and being recorded and studied. You will be able to tell the difference based on the size and or the amount of time you see it “falling”. Meteors we are looking to report are a bit bigger then the Little Streakers –  falling star and burn longer. It is important to report sightings, the right sightings,  so it can be used to triangulate the possible strewn field.  Meteors that hit the ground are now called meteorites, which are the rarest rock on Earth. You can be part of scientists locating such happenings all over the world!

Here is my reporting after they confirmed it:

meteorrepot

You can find the full list of reportings here: http://thelatestworldwidemeteorreports.blogspot.com/

 

Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!

Did you know…. That there are “rules” for meteorite hunting?

By · June 13, 2010 · Filed in Did You Know??? · 1 Comment »

Well, meteorite hunting rules are not written in stone… and they aren’t laws either, but there are some general guidelines of etiquette when hunting for meteorites. Normally we hear the word etiquette in regards to fine dining – telling us which fork to use when, how to hold your teacup (pinkys up of course), and how to thank the chef. Although we don’t have to search for meteorites with our pinkys held correctly, there are some rules that we need to remember before our next hunting adventure.

Get off my lawn you crazy kids. Have you ever heard that on TV or in real life? If you ever knew anyone who did not want anyone on their property, then I am sure you know how important it was to obey their wishes. The same rules holds true when meteorite hunting. You should NEVER hunt on land in which you do not have permission. If you want to hunt on private property, you have to have the proper permission from the owner.

Treat it like it’s yours.When hunting in the desert or on someone’s property, you should ALWAYS treat the area as if it were your own, like the Boy Scouts motto, leaving it like (or better than) you found it. You would not dig hundreds of holes on your property and toss litter everywhere! So, you should not do that when meteorite hunting either. The property owner will appreciate your thoughtfulness and be more willing to let you or other treasure hunters back in the future, and future hunters will as well – they want nice places to hunt for their own treasures, too.

Mark it and Shoot It!This is the most important rule of this blog!!! X marks the spot right? Sometimes, but in the case of meteorite hunting, it is not so much an X as it is having the exact coordinates of a meteorite when you find one. A GPS device is the best way for you to document the meteorite’s location, and it is important to photograph your find, using a reference object or ruler in the photo for sizing purposes.Try to get a picture with the meteorite and the GPS together before removing it. Coins work very well as reference objects when you do not have a ruler handy as coins are of standard sizes. However, if you find a meteorite that is quite large, it might work better to use something larger, like a water bottle, hat, or other larger object to show the scale of the meteorite when compared to the reference object. Now that we have documented our find, it is our duty to report our find to the scientific community, and provide a sample.

Why is it so important to report your find?One of the reasons it is legal to hunt meteorites is because we (Meteorite Hunters) said hey, we can be intelligent, and honest enough to record the data, and get it to the proper scientific community. You might have found something never before found that might be one of the most important finds ever! Remember, meteorites are one of the rarest things on Earth.

Click here to to find places near you to report and test your finds!!!

Places to report or test your find.

Did you know……. That anyone can hunt for meteorites?

By · May 28, 2010 · Filed in Did You Know???, That anyone can hunt for meteorites? · Comments Off on Did you know……. That anyone can hunt for meteorites?

Welcome to the “Did You Know” series! This is a series of posts that will help to answer your questions about meteorites, meteorite hunting, and even some things about space. I hope that you will join me and follow along with the series… and check back often to see which question I have answered next. I hope you enjoy today’s post.

That is the best part about collecting meteorites! It is not something reserved for scientists-only; anyone can do it. Many participate in the hobby every year for a reason – it is exciting, fascinating, and fun. Keep the ones you want and sell the rest, meteorites are worth more than gold! You just need a few basic pieces of gear and you are ready to start exploring. So, if you have not tried it, go ahead and give it a try, especially if you live close to a desert. They are often wonderful meteorite-hunting grounds.

Who knows? You might be the next person to find a lunar or Martian meteorite – or you might not – but the adventure of the hunt is plenty of fun as well. Not so sure about exploring on your own? That’s okay as there are a number of clubs and groups that go hunting together, which adds to the fun. So get out there, and have an unforgettable adventure and maybe find yourself an amazing treasure that you will cherish for years to come! Just remember that their is a meteorite hunters code of ethics about sharing the scientific data with the scientists. That I will share with you soon.

Coming in the next “Did You Know” post…… I will share with you… Meteorite Hunters Code of Ethics.

Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!

Did you know ………… That some meteorites come from the Moon and Mars?

By · May 3, 2010 · Filed in Did You Know???, That some meteorites come from the Moon and Mars? · Comments Off on Did you know ………… That some meteorites come from the Moon and Mars?

Welcome to the “Did You Know” series! This is a series of posts that will help to answer your questions about meteorites, meteorite hunting, and even some things about space. I hope that you will join me and follow along with the series… and check back often to see which question I have answered next. I hope you enjoy today’s post.

We have been long-fascinated with the Moon, since it is the closest heavenly body to Earth and we have been able to see it long before we ever visited it. Not long after astronauts began exploring in space, interest began to blossom about the planet Mars. There have been many movies about Martians and at least one television show, My Favorite Martian, which was a favorite comedy for the many episodes that aired. I can still envision “Uncle Martin’s” antennae popping out of his head, even though I have not seen an episode in over 20 years!

So, when I found out that some meteorites come from the moon (lunar meteorites) and Mars (Martian meteorites), that was a bit exciting to me. These meteorites are quite rare, with only 17 lunar and 16 Martian meteorite discoveries in all, out of over 20,000 meteorites that have been discovered (Space.com). And that these two types are worth the most of all. If you are fortunate to have one, especially a Martian one, then you have a wonderful treasure. Not only is it from Mars, but it connects you to many years of our world’s historical culture – allowing you to share in the fascinations of outer space from long ago!

Coming in the next “Did You Know” post…… I will share with you just exactly who can hunt for meteorites – you may be surprised by the answer!

Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!

Did you know that meteorites are older than the Earth?

By · April 9, 2010 · Filed in Age of Meteorites, Did You Know??? · Comments Off on Did you know that meteorites are older than the Earth?

Welcome to the “Did You Know” series! This is a series of posts that will help to answer your questions about meteorites, meteorite hunting, and even some things about space. I hope that you will join me and follow along with the series… and check back often to see which question I have answered next. I hope you enjoy today’s post.

There are not many things older than Earth, which is estimated to be approximately 4.54 billion years old (Wikipedia). It is easier for me to comprehend the magnitude of this number by writing it out with all of its digits – 4,540,000,000 years old. That’s pretty old, but the Sun is even older at 4.57 billion years or 4,570,000,000 years of age. That means that the Sun was formed about 30 million years before the Earth. Then, sometime between the formation of the sun and the Earth, meteoroids are estimated to have been forming and moving silently through space. Allot of  these meteoroids combined together and formed the Earth and the other planets. Estimates for the mass of material that falls to the Earth each year ranges from 37,000 to 78,000 tons. Most recent estimates are saying that some early meteoroids could have been about 4.567 billion years, or 4,567,000,000 years – 3 million years older than the Earth.

That is still an almost incomprehensible amount of time. So, if you ever have the chance to hold a meteorite (or better yet collect them), you can rest assured knowing that you have touched an amazing and historical piece of our galaxy. Although it might not be 4,567,000,000 years old, ( But probably close ) you still are holding something very old, very rare, and very much a part of our galaxy – something that has been to places that we as humans have not had the opportunity to visit. Amazing!!!

Coming in the next “Did You Know” post……… I will share some insight about meteorites from the moon and Mars.

Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!

Did You Know……YOU can own your OWN meteorite???

By · April 9, 2010 · Filed in Did You Know???, Owning Meteorites · 2 Comments »

Welcome to the “Did You Know” series! This is a series of posts that will help to answer your questions about meteorites, meteorite hunting, and even some things about space. I hope that you will join me and follow along with the series… and check back often to see which question I have answered next. I hope you enjoy today’s post.

Have you ever had a rock collection? If you have, you may have had fun adventures tracking down your rocks. Even if you did not have a collection, maybe you saw one sometime and were intrigued. Each rock in the collection is beautiful and interesting and each is different from all the rest… and it is perfectly legal to keep them. Meteorite collecting is very much like that, too, and it is just as legal to hunt for meteorites as it is to hunt for rocks – as meteorites are essentially rocks… but rocks from space. The only difference is that you will need to take down some data to report your find. It’s an awe inspiring sight to see a meteor blazing through the atmosphere. Now imagine hunting that meteorite down at the end of that shooting star’s journey through space as it falls to the Earth! You can have some amazing adventures while hunting for your own meteorites to collect or you may opt to purchase them instead. Either way, you will have a chance to enjoy and appreciate each meteorite in your collection, knowing that you have a priceless and unique piece that was once soaring through outer space, was partially burned as it entered Earth’s atmosphere, and is now in your hands! How breath-taking is that?!?!

Coming in the next “Did You Know” post…… I will share with you the age of meteorites – they are older than you might think!

Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!

What are Meteorites Worth?

By · April 7, 2010 · Filed in Meteorite Terminology, Meteorites, Value of Meteorites · Comments Off on What are Meteorites Worth?

When looking to begin collecting meteorites, many people want to know the approximate value or worth of differing types of meteorites before they purchase or sell their finds. Meteorites have differing values, dependent upon several factors.

Most meteorites are sold by weight, using the metric gram. The average cost to buy one is approximately $1 per gram. It is common to see meteorites priced between $.50 and $2 per gram; however, some have been known to sell for more than that. Rare finds that originated on the moon or Mars may sell for up to $1,000 per gram, depending on some factors.

There are three main types of meteorite classifications. The first, stone meteorites are the most common of all, making up approximately eighty percent of all falls or finds. Stony iron and Iron meteorites are less common, with stony iron making up about 1.5 percent and iron meteorites making up approximately five percent of all falls or finds. The rarity of the meteorite also affects its pricing. Common meteorites cost and sell for less; rare meteorites cost and sell for more.

In addition to the weight, classification, and rarity of the meteorite, there are some important factors that are considered in pricing a meteorite. They include: its place of origin, whether it is well-preserved or not, and how aesthetically pleasing it is to look at, the quantity of the type already available on the market, the meteorite’s historical value, if it is of high interest in the scientific community, and how much money the seller needs to make to cover his or her costs associated with hunting, finding, classifying, and selling of the meteorite. Additionally, its pricing can be affected by the presence of fusion crust and regmaglypts (small “thumbprint”-like indentations, scoops, or ridges on the meteorite). If the fusion crust in present and intact, the meteorite is more valuable. In regards to the regmaglypts, the deeper the “thumbprints,” the greater the value.

To learn more about the value and pricing of meteorites, you can visit these places online:

http://geology.com/meteorites/value-of-meteorites.shtml
http://www.meteorites.tv/content/88-Meteorite-Value
http://www.meteoritesusa.com/how-much-are-meteorite-worth.htm
http://www.articlebase.com/hobbies-articles/how-much-are-meteorites-worth-1687751.html
http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/abu/y205/m07/abu0147/s06

Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!

Best Metal Detector for Meteorite Hunting

By · March 29, 2010 · Filed in Metal Detectors · 4 Comments »

I started this post off with the word BEST. Well It caught your attention, didn’t it? LOL because best is only an opinion! That being said Professional Meteorite Hunters alike can’t agree on a best metal detector. Best has too many variables  like brand, budget, and features. But Most agree on a type of metal detector, a gold metal detector!

Why a gold metal detector? Most gold metal detectors use higher frequencies which means they are more sensitive,tend to find meteorites at much greater depths,and can locate smaller specimens. Meteorites have a high content of iron and nickel.  Most of the coin and relic metal detectors see these metals as trash and will discriminate against them. Now there are some non-gold metal detectors that do great jobs too. Like the ones you can turn off the trash discriminator. See Below.

Jodie’s BEST gold metal detectors for hunting meteorites (opinion)!!!

  1. For the features and price you cant beat the Fisher Gold Bug 2. You Can get this Metal detector for around $700.00
  2. My next BEST metal detector is the Garrett Scorpion gold stinger. A little cheaper but a good detector. You can get one of these for around $450.00
  3. Next the White’s GMT Gold Metal Detector. You can get one of these for around $800.00
  4. Ok the only reason this detector isn’t in first or second place is because of price! Minelabs GPX 4500 and 3000.Extremely good detectors for around $3500.00 to $4500.00
  5. Tesoro Golden uMax. You can get one of these for around $450.00

Jodie’s BEST non-gold metal detectors for hunting meteorites (opinion)!!!

  1.  Fisher F75. Meteorite Men use these.   You can get one of these for around $1000.00
  2. Garrett GTI 2500. You can get one of these for around $800.00
  3. Tesoro Cortes. You can get one of these for around $700.00
  4. Fisher CZ-21. You can get one of these for around $1200.00
  5. Fisher F70. You can get one of these for around $650.00

All of these metal detectors except for the Minelabs and White’s you can purchase in my online store.

Shopping for a meteorite hunting metal detector is kind of like shopping for a new car. You don’t jump in with both feet first and buy the first one you see. You look around at the different options, you compare what you have found, you read the reviews about the different models; you take the time to absorb all the information available to you. Although you do not receive a car in the end, you might find a rare one-of-a-kind treasure with your new metal detector. If that day happens, all the research and reading and learning you completed will have paid off!

Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!

Tips and Tricks

By · March 22, 2010 · Filed in Meteorite Hunting Tips and Tricks · Comments Off on Tips and Tricks

As with any hobby, there are tips and tricks to meteorite hunting that can help make it more enjoyable as well as enable you to have a better chance of finding what you are looking for! Listed below are some tips and tricks to help you in this hobby. By keeping the following in mind, you can better increase your chances of making an awesome find, as well as have an awesome time doing it!

1. Be informed. By reading some books, websites, or blogs about meteorites and meteorite hunting (Click here to see books available in my store), you are learning more about how meteorites have come to be, what they look like, and how to search for them.

2. Know the area. The best and hardest thing to find are strewn field maps. When you come across them save them, like in a journal. Newer recognized strewn fields are kept secret by meteorite hunters to keep the finds to themselves as long as possible. The book Rocks from Space by O.Richard Norton has many older Strewn field maps in it. Some of the best places to hunt meteorites is where they have already been found! Find topographical maps or visit your local conservation office to review maps so that you can choose a better hunting location. Some locations are better than others for hunting (like dry lake beds), so you want to be sure you take the time to choose the place that gives you a better chance of making a find. Also ALWAYS ask permission from the land owners before you hunt on private property!!! And contact you local BLM to hunt public property.

3. Be prepared. Depending upon your hunting location, you will need different types of clothing. Be sure that your clothing will protect you properly from the conditions that will be present in your hunting environment. Also, when you are purchasing gear, like metal detectors, be sure to choose good quality gear. You do not have to have top-dollar equipment when you are just starting out, but you do not want the cheapest, discount-store models either. A few more dollars invested at the start can help you have a more successful and fun experience.

4. Metal Detectors. No two meteorite hunters agree on one metal detector. BUT most will agree on a type – a gold metal detector. I own a Fisher Gold Bug Metal detector. Soon I will be upgrading to the Fisher Gold Bug 2! The reason gold metal detectors are favored is that they do not discriminate metal (some other types of detectors see iron as trash which is what meteorites are made of and wont sound off), and they are VERY sensitive with deep ground penetration.

5. GPS and 2-Way Radios. Here, in my opinion the best handheld GPS is Garmin. 2-way radios are needed when hunting with someone for obvious reasons. I have no favorite with them, BUT Garmin makes a GPS/2-way radio!!! less items to carry. Its the Garmin Rino 530HCx 2-Way Radio With GPS/FRS/GMRS.

6. Rare Earth Magnets. This is a back saver! Not only do you need one of these to check to see if your find might be a meteorite, but you will want one to pick up your find so you don’t have to bend over every time you see a possible meteorite! Remember, there are allot more meteorwrongs than meteorites out there!!! You will want to attach your rare earth magnet to a walking stick or pick axe to reach down and snag the find. I haven’t got to try this out yet and i don’t think anyone had thought of this yet but in my Meteorite Hunting Store I have some magnetic sweepers that are mounted on push/pull carts or hang from a bumper of your truck or atv that are used in construction to pick up metal debris like nails and such, should be able to pick up meteorites too!!! I think this would be best used in areas that have allot of rocks that make it impossible to visually distinguish between terrestrial rock and meteorites.

4. Plan ahead. After taking time to learn about meteorites, meteorite hunting, and the terrain and conditions that you will encounter, you need to invest some time in planning your hunting trip. Start by making a checklist of the gear, clothing, and safety equipment you will need. Don’t forget to make accommodations for high-energy snacks for stamina and plenty of liquids to keep you hydrated, especially if you are planning on visiting a desert location.

5. Join a group. Especially if you are new to meteorite hunting, rather than adventuring alone or with other novice hunters, it is advisable to look into joining a group that is taking a meteorite hunting trip. These are led by more experienced hunters or experts in the field. Attending a trip such as these will allow you to learn the basics, while gaining a plethora of knowledge and tips for better hunting, which can only be learned through experience or from listening to those that are more experienced.

6. Talk to other hunters. There are a good number of meteorite hunters out there. Many of them have websites or even online forums. There may even be some clubs in your area that have regular meetings. Through interactions or membership with these groups or clubs, you again have a chance to learn from the experience of others, while getting to know people who share a common interest.

So, keep these tips in mind and you will see that your interest in meteorite-hunting will grow, as the enjoyment you receive from this hobby increases. A little knowledge can go a long way… and may even lead to you finding a meteorite; and that is your primary goal when you join in on the fun and excitment this hobby has to offer.

Here’s to the Perfect Tips!

Favorable Meteorite Hunting Areas

By · March 18, 2010 · Filed in Favorable Hunting Areas · Comments Off on Favorable Meteorite Hunting Areas

When hunting for meteorites, there are some areas that are better than others. To make the best use of your time and increase your chances of making a find, you want to be sure to focus on areas that give you a better chance of finding a meteorite. The following information will help you know where to start your search and head you in the right direction for making a great discovery!

First, you want to look for an area designated as a strewnfield, which is an area where a number of meteorites have been recovered. You can locate strewnfields using various maps or other guides, with a number of them available online. Additionally, an excellent resource that you might want to read before exploring for meteorites is: Rocks from Space: Meteorites and Meteorite Hunters by O. Richard Norton. It includes a variety of information and maps that can help you decide upon a location to hunt, as well as prepare you for what to look for.

When you have identified a strewnfield that interests you, there are some other land features that you want to look for to make your hunting easier.  To help you determine the landforms in your area, Geology.com has a variety of detailed maps that can help at: http://geology.com/world/.  Another place for you to seek is your local conservation office. By reviewing topographical maps, you can look for more favorable exploration areas.

One kind of area you want to hunt in is one that has limited or no vegetation for you to have to contend with. Vegetation can get in the way of your hunting and you do not want to hack away any plant growth while you are hunting.

You also want to explore flat terrain, preferably with few black rocks. Flat terrain is easier to traverse, without having to tire yourself out from climbing up and down all day. In addition to being able to conserve your energy during the hunt, there is another reason for this. If the terrain is relatively flat, but you see an area that appears to be disturbed in some way, either with a hole or hills that you would not expect to see on the flat terrain, you might have possibly stumbled on a site containing a meteorite. The reason you want to choose areas with few black rocks is because meteorites are covered with fusion crust, which developed during their entry into Earth’s atmosphere. Fusion crust is black in color, so if you are hunting in an area littered with black rocks, then it will take longer to visually discriminate between Earth rocks and possible meteorites.

You may also want to stick to deserts when hunting for meteorites, since the weather conditions are drier, limiting the incidence of rust that can occur on meteorites containing metal. There are a number of deserts that you can explore in the southwest of the United States, making that region a good area for hunting meteorites. Deserts are also good hunting areas because there is usually a lower population in those areas. Hunting in places with more dense population limits your chances of making a find.

So, to summarize, here are the types of areas you will find to be more favorable for your next (or first) meteorite hunting trip:

  • Strewnfields (a greater chance of finding a meteorite since several may have been deposited in this area)
  • Flat terrain (easier to traverse and find disturbed areas)
  • Limited vegetation (easier to find possible meteorites, without plant-life to get in the way)
  • Small amount of black-colored rocks (which can be mistaken for meteorites)
  • Desert location (dry weather limits rust and lower population areas, such as deserts, increases your chances of finding a meteorite)

Here’s to the perfect hunt!