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Siena, Italy: The Meteorite That Started It All?

Siena, Italy: The Meteorite That Started It All?

The famous and well respected Ursula B. Marvin penned an opinion tome in the September 1995 issue of Meteoritics suggesting that the Siena meteorite fall of 1794 is “History’s Most Consequential Meteorite Fall.” No matter how you slice it, it’s a tall order for a meteorite to be the Most Consequential. The abstract of Marvin’s […]

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Good Bye Cassini. Hello Saturn Meteorites

Good Bye Cassini. Hello Saturn Meteorites

Back in 2004 I wrote a column for The Meteorite Times about my journey with Saturn and Cassini. By the time you read this the Cassini spacecraft will have said goodbye to us on earth and plunged into Saturn’s icy atmosphere, all 22 feet and 12,500 pounds of her (well, actually only 4,685 pounds since […]

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A Lost Can of Pristine Sikhote-Alin Meteorites

A Lost Can of Pristine Sikhote-Alin Meteorites

  Seventy years ago the largest witnessed fall of an iron meteorite crashed through the air above the Sikhote-Alin Mountains in southeastern Russia. February 12. 1947 was a year and half after the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan so there is little doubt that such an explosion in the sky from a hundred […]

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Meteorites, Me, and the Newspaper

Meteorites, Me, and the Newspaper

Last month, I had the very great pleasure of spending time with a couple of reporters from our local newspaper. We first crossed paths back in March at a fossil and mineral show in town, and mentioned that meteorites were my game. Several months later, I got an email out of the blue that the reporters […]

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The Supuhee Meteorite: Assimilation and Transformation with Indigo

The Supuhee Meteorite: Assimilation and Transformation with Indigo

The Supuhee, India Chondrite fell to earth in the form of six individual stones back in 1865. Several of those stones landed on an indigo factory but unlike post-industrial revolution factory to follow, the indigo factory was where dyes were made and fabric was dyed.   Indigo dye begins with the leaves of the indigo […]

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The Peekskill Meteorite’s Silver Anniversary: 1992 to 2017

The Peekskill Meteorite’s Silver Anniversary: 1992 to 2017

Its hard to believe that the Peekskill Meteorite is already a quarter-century old. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Peekskill Meteorites, I am sharing some pictures of my slice along with a few words about the features that makes Peekskill such a wonderful specimen beyond the rather impressive artifacts of its […]

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A Three For Me? Meteorite Hunting at the Tucson Show

A Three For Me? Meteorite Hunting at the Tucson Show

Back a number of years, I spent more than a few hours at the Tucson Show with Jim Tobin digging through boxes of unidentified NWA stones. There were pallets of rocks with most of the potential meteorites rolling around cardboard board boxes. It was clear that they had already been high-graded by the dealer with […]

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An Interplanetary Ambassador: The Gibeon Meteorite

An Interplanetary Ambassador: The Gibeon Meteorite

Sometime late last century I purchased a chunk of Gibeon iron from Blaine Reed. It was a very well formed complete individual that contained many of the features I needed. Yes, needed. For this particular iron was going to earn its keep as a tool for teaching about the solar system. Since that time, literally […]

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Oriented Canyon Diablo Meteorite? I hope so.

Oriented Canyon Diablo Meteorite? I hope so.

The irons and iron fragments from Canyon Diablo or Meteorite Crater, or Meteor Crater, or Barringer Crater, or Coon Mountain or any of several other names is a staple in every collection. From huge display pieces to micro mounts, Canyon Diablo, or CDs, are important representative of meteorite history, meteorite science, and meteorite collecting. So […]

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Jerome. Idaho’s First Stone Meteorite

Jerome. Idaho’s First Stone Meteorite

Jerome was first found in 1954. A single 6.8kg stone was recovered from a plowed field in Jerome county, Idaho. While interesting in that it’s a meteorite, Jerome lacked even the most basic dignity of a complete classification. But for now, we’ll just have to settle for Jerome, L chondrite. When I lived in Idaho, […]

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The Twodot Chondrite: Montana’s Only Stone Meteorite

The Twodot Chondrite: Montana’s Only Stone Meteorite

About two months before the end of last century, an hunter scouting a heard of elk literally crawled up on a meteorite. How did he know it was a meteorite and not one of the other billions of rocks lying around? Well, he just did. He believed it was from space even though the finder […]

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Wilder, Idaho: A Professional Grade Meteorite

Wilder, Idaho: A Professional Grade Meteorite

I’ve heard that the state of Idaho, if flattened, would be one of the largest continental states in the US. But of course it’s not. Instead Idaho is the left over after the surrounding states grabbed their territory. Essentially it’s an east-west state filled with north-south mountain ranges. Often it is easer to travel through […]

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Book Notice: Meteorite: Nature and Culture by Maria Golia

Book Notice: Meteorite: Nature and Culture by Maria Golia

http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/M/bo22258162.html For over three decades I have been collecting, studying and writing about meteorites from the perspective of their impact on culture, society and science. So I’m more than a little excited about this book. Golia blends the magic of meteorites across time and ownership. The book is filled with stories, example, and exceptional pictures. […]

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The Chiang Khan Meteorite Fall: A Gift That Just Keeps Giving

The Chiang Khan Meteorite Fall: A Gift That Just Keeps Giving

At 5:30 in the morning on November 17, 1981, a fireball exploded high above the citizens Ban Klang and Chiang-Khan in the province of Loei in Thailand. Loud thunderous reports rolled across the land right before a shower of stones pelted the landscape. Scientists arrived on scene several days after the locals had gathered up all […]

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“War in Heaven”  The Monroe Meteorite fall of 1849

“War in Heaven” The Monroe Meteorite fall of 1849

Monroe is a brecciated H4 chondrite that fell on October 31 in 1849 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. The single recovered mass of 8.6kg was the second witnessed fall in North Carolina since becoming a state in 1789, and is one of 29 known North Carolina meteorites, and is the only witnessed fall in the […]

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