Hot Rocks!

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Attention treasure hunters! STOP!!! You may be throwing away meteorites! Don’t throw away hot rocks until you check them and verify they are not meteorites. Those of you who hunt gold nuggets and relics in the deserts of the southwest, Alaska, or anywhere for that matter have run across pesky hot rocks. Highly mineralized rocks [...]

Saving The World One Meteorite At A Time

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Meteorites have taken the world by storm. Literally and figuratively. Meteorites are gaining popularity as more people are learning about the fascinating science behind them through television shows, internet dealers, and meteorite related blogs online. The most exciting part about meteorites (besides the fact they are worth money) is that more scientific fields of study [...]

MeteorWrongs

MeteorWrong - Iron Slag - NOT a Meteorite

OK, here’s the deal I get hundreds of emails a year from people, (just like almost every other online meteorite hunter/collector/dealer) and some of these emails are from people who no matter what keep insisting their Earth rocks are meteorites. Before you continue reading, this is a PG (parents strongly cautioned) rated post, if you’re [...]

How To Identify Meteorites [LINKS]

60g Sikhote Alin Meteorite

Here’s a collection of the best meteorite resources online to learn how to identify a meteorite. First and foremost you should visit the Meteorite Exchange over at Meteorite.com. This site is PACKED full of good meteorite info. You can learn about meteorite identification on Meteorite-Identification.com. This site is one of the most comprehensive meteorite ID [...]

Lorton Meteorite: “Star” War! Not a Legal Battle

The Lorton Meteorite ownership battle is heating up like the big finale in Star Wars. Except this “star war” is over a little black rock! In my opinion this whole issue is moot. This meteorite ownership fight is becoming more of a PR war than a legal battle. Yet the war rages on in the [...]

From Dust To Dust

Huge Protoplanetary Dust Disk Surrounds Massive Star

We are star dust! From the dust whence we came… For the first time, scientists have discovered a massive star around which exists a huge ring of dust. It’s called a protoplanetary disk and it’s where planets and ultimately how entire solar systems are formed. It’s where life itself starts with the birth of a [...]

Meteorites Bounce! Dispelling The Fiery Impact Myth

A common myth about meteorites impacting Earth as a flaming missile, exploding in a massive fireball rocketing shrapnel pieces for miles around while blasting a huge crater in the ground is just that, a myth. While it’s possible for a large asteroid to hold it’s cosmic velocity all the way to the ground, most meteorites [...]

Meteorite Hunting Association

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Join the Meteorite Hunting Association UPDATE: THE METEORITE HUNTING ASSOCIATION NOW HAS A WEBSITE: www.meteorite-hunting.com —————————————————- “The people for the ethical treatment of meteorites.” PETM? Naaaa… Point being I’ve proposed this idea to many meteorite hunters and they think it’s a good idea. An organization that works closely with scientists, institutions, universities, labs, museums, private [...]

3 Mars Meteorites Could Be “Proof of Life” On Mars Says NASA

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“…Proof of Life in Three Martian Rocks May Come This Year – NASA says advanced instruments will allow it to definitively prove whether three Martian meteorites contain evidence of life…” According toNASA “…Using more advanced analytical instruments now available, a Johnson Space Center research team has reexamined the 1996 finding that a meteorite contains strong [...]

2010 AL30: Space Junk or Asteroid?

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NASA Confirms that 2010 AL30 is most likely a small asteroid measuring 10-15 meters (30-45 feet). As the update on NASA states there was some doubt as to whether the object was an asteroid. Too bad it’s not going to impact Earth though… It would most likely produce a very nice meteorite strewnfield and would [...]