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June, 2012

Pantar: The Sky is Falling. Really!

Pantar: The Sky is Falling. Really!

Pantar: The Sky is Falling. Really! Lets hope its not a bomb!   Pantar, Philippines is an amazing meteorite. Not for its H5 class, the second most common type of chondrite after the oft-shunned L6. But instead Pantar has several wonderfully detailed descriptions about its 1938 fall and its travel from the island and into […]

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Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

It had been several years since I had been to the Griffith Observatory and my granddaughter had never been so we took her. My wife loves the place too so it was an exciting day for all of us. The parking on the day we went was difficult but as it turned out we did […]

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Sutter’s Mill #12 Meteorite

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IMCA Insights – June 2012

IMCA Insights – June 2012

The meteorite de Monferre (France) By Jean-Michel Masson Translated by Anne Black Late in the evening probably around 10pm, during the summer of 1923, the inhabitants of the village of Treville in southwest France between Toulouse and Carcassonne observed a large fireball crossing the sky. The bolide was lying from south to north and passed […]

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Angrites

Angrites

Angrites are achondrites consisting largely of augite.  Augite is a pyroxene containing calcium and, in this case, some titanium and aluminum.  Olivine and plagioclase make up the remaining bulk.  Angrites are the oldest known igneous rocks and probably came from a large parent body. Here are four photos each of three different angrites D’Orbigny   […]

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Georgiaite Teardrop

Georgiaite Teardrop

This particularly fine Georgiaite teardrop is pictured in two Georgia mathematics textbooks. It was found January 25, 2003 near Riddleville, Washington County, Georgia, almost exactly 500 miles southwest of the generally accepted 34.5 ma impact site in what is now Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. A little over 2000 Georgiaites are known with a total weight in […]

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Meteorite Calendar – June 2012

Meteorite Calendar – June 2012

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NWA 6007 Meteorite

NWA 6007 Meteorite

Our Meteorite of the Month is kindly provided by Tucson Meteorites who hosts The Meteorite Picture of the Day. Submit Pictures to Meteorite Pictures of the Day

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Interesting Indochinite Tektites by Phil Morgan

Interesting Indochinite Tektites by Phil Morgan

Stretched Teardrop This Indochinite teardrop weighs 15.7g and measures 25 x 50 mm.  The bottom 1/3 on one side broke away and almost slid off, stretching the still-soft interior. Some might not consider this a true “stretch” tektite since there is only relatively minor angular distortion but this is far from a simple skin split. […]

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