One year ago we lost Dave B. Gheesling, one of the greats in this gentlemanly art of meteorite collecting. Dave valued friendships and made it obvious with his vast collection of pictures with meteorite friends. So take a moment and see the big picture on Dave’s Falling Rocks website filled with friend photos.
Back to New Orleans…
On September 23, 2003 a total of 19.26 kilograms of H5 fell from the sky and onto a house in New Orleans, Louisiana. Not just onto, but through the house, from second floor roof to dirt under crawl space. Once the drywall dust settled, the New Orleans meteorite was born.
2003 wasn’t all that long ago, but in today’s world, that feels like a whole world ago. Since the fall of the New Orleans meteorite, New Orleans has found several other ways to make the news. So to visit that past world, I dug my 35 gram crusted fragment of New Orleans out of the safe and spent some time looking at it again. It really does look like concrete. But don’t just take my word for it, here is a link to an interview with the homeowner who discovered the alien crime of breaking and entering.
And here’s a news story about the fall of the New Orleans meteorite. And a final question here is that there are rumors that the main mass of the New Orleans meteorite was completely lost in a flood. Does anyone have further information about that? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
But wait! There is another “meteorite” in New Orleans, one called the Audubon Park Meteorite. While not quite as authentic as the New Orleans meteorite proper, the Audubon Park Meteorite is probably better known to those not in the know. Here’s a video that shows the iron stone in all it’s glory.
Audubon Park Meteorite
Until next time….