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Bob Hoover – 1938-2017

Bob Hoover – 1938-2017

Commemorating the life of my friend and of our fellow meteorite-hunting colleague.The recent passing of Robert Hoover has prompted me to postpone this month’s article, and instead to make notice of this sad news. Robert Dan Hoover, Born in Corona, CA on January 25, 1938 passed peacefully while in hospice care near his home in […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 3 No. 1

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 3 No. 1

A newsletter for unclassified meteorites found in the USA. In all of my previous Bob’s Bulletins, I prefaced each one with an explanation of what I mean by the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined “orphaned” as being meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S., but are not being recorded. Contrary to what […]

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The 2017 Veterans Meteorite Hunt

The 2017 Veterans Meteorite Hunt

On the last weekend of April 2017, a small group of U.S. military veterans gathered in the Mojave Desert near Pahrump Nevada to take part in a “group meteorite hunt”. This was an open-invitation to all veterans, whether they had any experience at searching for meteorites, or not. The purpose of this gathering was to […]

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MarsFest 2017

MarsFest 2017

 – Hosted by NASA & SETI Institute at the Furness Creek – Death Valley National Park, Visitors Center   Recently I was given an invite to be a presenter/volunteer at the SETI Institute’s “MarsFest 2017” program, and to man a public outreach booth displaying my Mojave Desert meteorites. There was a last minute opening when […]

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The Story of the Old Woman Meteorite – Another victim of the Post-Truth Era

The Story of the Old Woman Meteorite – Another victim of the Post-Truth Era

The Story of the Old Woman Meteorite – Another victim of the Post-Truth Era –   It all started innocently enough. It was the early hours of January 5th of this year when I got an email notification from Paul Schwartz that his latest installment of Meteorite Picture of the Day (MPOD) was now up […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 3

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 3

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 3 A newsletter for unclassified meteorites found in the USA. In all of my previous Bob’s Bulletins, I explained the meaning of the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being unwitnessed-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S., but that the […]

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Part  2 – Tektite or Impactite or Obsidian Pseudo-tektite?

Part 2 – Tektite or Impactite or Obsidian Pseudo-tektite?

Preliminary results from quick tests with a handheld XRF show that you can tell the difference.   Recently I was able to get access to a hand-held XRF analyzer (a Thermo Niton XL2 GOLDD unit). After much delay due to hardware problems and scheduled maintenance, I was finally able to test the various specimens of […]

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Takysie Lake – The Classic “Pseudometeorite” – Found By Harvey H. Nininger – Still a Mystery?

Takysie Lake – The Classic “Pseudometeorite” – Found By Harvey H. Nininger – Still a Mystery?

Takysie Lake – The Classic “Pseudometeorite” – Found By Harvey H. Nininger – Still a Mystery? The first time I saw a specimen of Takysie Lake was 16 years ago (in 2000). I had purchased a small stone from an old collector from San Diego. He explained that it was self-collected in 1991 from the […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 2

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 2

 A newsletter for unclassified meteorites found in the USA.   In all of my previous Bob’s Bulletins, I explained the meaning of the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being unwitnessed-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S., but that the finders of these meteorites have found […]

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Is it a Tektite or a Pseudo-tektite?

Is it a Tektite or a Pseudo-tektite?

Is it a Tektite or a Pseudo-tektite? Now there is a quick test to tell the difference. As they say in Hollywood, “Let’s cut to the chase.” So, I will admit right now, this “quick test” will require a hand-held XRF analyzer. At least, that was the device that I was lucky enough to get […]

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Unclassified USA Meteorites from Coyote Dry Lake

Unclassified USA Meteorites from Coyote Dry Lake

A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA. Featured this month is Coyote Dry Lake (circa 1995-2004)   This volume of my Bulletin of unclassified U.S. meteorites features a new format for documenting these “orphaned” finds. Hopefully this will be a more convenient format for when there are more than 100 finds to be reported. […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 4

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 4

A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA.   In my first Bulletin, I introduced the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being unwitnessed-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S., but that the finders of these meteorites have found great difficulty in getting their finds recorded, […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 3

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 3

A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA. In my first Bulletin, I introduced the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being unwitnessed-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S. Unfortunately, the vast majority of U.S. finds are of this type. I went on to write that […]

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The Point Loma Lost “Meteorite”

The Point Loma Lost “Meteorite”

Last reported in a 1904 newspaper article. Image location: The historical (Old) Point Loma Lighthouse is located in the Cabrillo National Monument at the southern tip of Point Loma in San Diego. Latitude: 32.66503 — Longitude: -117.24266 For a larger map of the area around the Point Loma (Old & New) Lighthouses, click here: Mapquest. […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 2

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 2

A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA. In my previous article, I introduced the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being non-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S. Unfortunately, the vast majority of finds are of this type. It wasn’t very long ago that this […]

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