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, 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:


You can find the full list of reportings here:


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 ( 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!

Meteorite Terminology

By · March 5, 2010 · Filed in Meteorite Terminology · Comments Off on Meteorite Terminology

Ok, now that we know what a meteorite is and what it is basically made of lets get some terminology down. So here are some terms and definitions that you will need to know.


  • Meteoroid – a space rock that has the potential to cross Earths path.
  • Meteor – a meteoroid as it passes through the Earths atmosphere.”Shooting Star”
  • Meteorite – a meteor that does not burn up in the atmosphere and falls to the Earth.
  • Meteorwrong – a terrestrial rock or man made junk that you mistake for a meteorite.
  •  Fusion Crust –  thin glassy coating on the outside of a meteorite caused by the atmosphere melting it.
  • Desert Varnish – a dark coating on exposed rocks due to the sun and elements over a long period of time.(sometimes mistaken for fusion crust)
  • Ablation – the process of  the outside meterial of a meteorite melting away as it travels through the Earths atmosphere.
  • Oriented Stone – a meteorite that did not tumble as it traveled through the atmosphere.
  • Regmaglypts or Thumb Print – are thumbprint like impressions on the outside of a meteorite caused by ablation
  • Hammer Stone – a meteorite that hits a man made object. Very rare.
  • Pallasites – are a type of stony-iron meteorite with beautiful olivine crystals.
  • Olivine Crystals – found in some stony-iron meteorites is usually named for its typically olive-green color.
  • Peridot – cut gem quality olivine crystals.
  • Terrestrial Rock – a rock that did not come from outer space and was formed here on earth.
  • Hemanite and Magnetite– magnetic terrestrial rocks commonly mistaken for meteorites.(meteorwrongs)
  • Strewnfield – when a large meteoroid enters the atmosphere it often fragments into many pieces before touching the ground due to thermal shock. This mid-air explosion causes the dispersion of the material over a large oval-shaped area.
  • Bolide – a very large meteor which is sometimes accompanied by loud sonic booms.
  • Fall – a meteorite which was witnessed to fall to Earth’s surface.
  • Find – a meteorite which has been found and has no record of being witnessed to fall to Earth’s surface.
  • Matrix – the embedding medium between chondrules, metallic iron grains etc.

Here’s to the perfect hunt!

What is a Meteorite?

By · February 28, 2010 · Filed in What is a Meteorite · Comments Off on What is a Meteorite?

Ok before a meteorite is ever called a meteorite it is an meteoroid out in the expanses of space in our solar system. When an meteoroid is on a course with with the Earth and enters the atmosphere, then it is called a meteor. So when you see what most people call a “shooting star” you are witnessing a meteor traveling through our atmosphere. Most meteors burn up in this process. The very few that don’t burn up in the atmosphere and fall to the Earth are then called meteorites.

Now for the types of meteorites and there composition:


Stony Meteorites are characterized by chondrules–small spheres (average diameter of 1 mm) of formerly melted minerals that have come together with other mineral matter to form a solid rock. Most scientist believe Chondrites to be among the oldest rocks in the solar system. 82% of meteorite falls are chondrites.


Stony Meteorites without chondrules. Most scientists believe that some of these meteorites originated on the surface of the Moon or Mars. 7.8% of meteorites are achondrites.


These meteorites are made of a crystalline iron-nickel alloy. Most scientists believe that they resemble the outer core of the Earth. 4.8% of meteorite falls are irons.

Stony Irons

These meteorites are mixtures of iron-nickel alloy and non-metallic mineral matter. Pallasites are a type of stony-iron meteorite with beautiful olivine crystals. Most scientists believe that they are like the material that would be found where the Earth’s core meets the mantle. 1.2% of meteorite falls are stony irons.
Here’s to the perfect hunt!