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  1. If you saw a meteor fall from the sky how would you find the meteorite? There are many cameras looking at the sky. A calculation can be made and give an estimate where the strike would happen. This would be the beginning of the trail and then eye witnesses would assist. This is what happened with this iron meteorite in Sweden. https://www.thelocal.se/20210223/meteorite-hunters-find-swedens-first-ever-new-fallen-iron-metoerite
  2. This is a really great paper describing how you can use the latest technology (AI) and algorithms to locate meteorites. Now just imagine what else you can find if you have the time and knowledge. There are a few here on this forum who will be enlightened by this article but certainly not surprised. It is just a matter of time that we process massive amounts of data quickly. https://arxiv.org/pdf/2009.13852.pdf
  3. Looking to get my annual meteorite fix, I recently embarked on a 3-day detecting trip to the famous Franconia meteorite strewn field in the beautiful Mohave desert of sunny Arizona. I arrived at my destination late afternoon and set up camp, which basically just consisted of parking my truck. Following a typical gorgeous desert sunset, the stillness of the night under the sky's star-filled canopy lent itself to the other-worldly ambience of camping in the midst of rocks from space. The following morning found me hiking into the heart of the strewn field, swinging the mighty Zed across a seemingly endless landscape of ridges and washes infested with basalt hot rocks. Undeterred after an half-hour with no targets, I finally received a signal at the base of a ridge that turned out to be a small 4 gram stony meteorite fragment. Slowly working my way upslope proved unsuccessful; that is until I topped the ridge and began hunting the wide, nearly level surface that stretched out before me. As I was skirting around a creosote bush with the detector coil, the GPZ 7000 sounded off with a sharp response. Pinpointing with the edge of the search coil revealed a sizable meteorite looking up at me - a sweet 68 gram beauty! Careful grid searching of the area soon produced another nice stone, this one weighing in at a hefty 53 grams. A few small irons were also unearthed, rounding out a perfect day in the strewn field. Detecting the surrounding area during the next two days netted a nice 13 gram stone, several irons, including a spectacular 8 gram piece (my second largest from Franconia), and numerous small stones and fragments. As always, a thoroughly enjoyable and productive Franconia trip. The total take is pictured below, with 156 grams of stony meteorites (above scale cube} and 14 grams of irons.
  4. Here is a meteorite with a great write up and pictures that I bet will expand your meteorite visual knowledge. http://www.tucsonmeteorites.com/mpodmain.asp?DD=02/02/2021
  5. If you want to look at a daily picture of a meteorite subscribe to this list. http://www.tucsonmeteorites.com/mpodmain.asp?DD=01/03/2021
  6. I found this rock years ago and had to hold on to it until I knew more about it. At first sight, I thought this rock was a turtle shell stuck in dried mud. Has crystallized breads on it and they can't be scratched with a utility knife. Vary heavy, the size of a vollyball. Not magnetic. Just wondering if anyone has seen or knows of rocks like this one?
  7. A bright green meteor streaked across the southern coast of Tasmania, Australia, and researchers caught the fireball on camera as it broke up over the ocean. The meteor lit up the night sky on Wednesday (Nov. 18) at 9:21 p.m. local Tasmanian time (5:21 a.m. EST and 1021 GMT). A livestream camera on the research vessel Investigator, which is operated by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, captured incredible views of the fireball as it descended from space and disintegrated above the Tasman Sea. https://www.space.com/bright-meteor-video-tasman-sea-november-2020.html
  8. The police found it! https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-police-find-rare-four-billion-year-old-meteorite-five-years-after-it-was-stolen-five-years-ago/29ef3c3a-bec6-4337-af84-31336bbfdc4d
  9. Hey everyone... Now weather is getting much better, I got a chance to visit a place I havent been to in a while. Franconia, AZ meteorite strewn field. I met up Saturday morning with a buddy Greg. Greg ended up getting the large complete crusted Chondrite and large iron meteorite on the right, I found the smaller 3 chondrites and irons on the left.... Franconia's always a fun place to visit. A lot of large basalt (hot rocks), .50 cal bullets, .30 cal bullets, wire, ect out there, but after an hour or 2 of adjusting my hearing to the tones, you start to hear the differences between trash and meteorites, ok not 100 % of the time, but Id say over 50% 😉... Dont know about everyone else, but no matter what place I go to new or old, I have to get the good ol hearing adjusted again to the environments, be it gold, meteorites, coins, relics, ect..... See ya in the field, Dave
  10. My daily wake up includes a trip to spaceweather.com as well as here and news sites. Today they had a rather cool article and video or a meteor explosion in China I thought to transcribe here and share 🙂 Article from Spaceweather.com and link to video from their gallery *they have a lot of cool stuff there* : AN EXPLOSION OVER CHINA: Every night, the Chinese Meteor Monitoring Organization (CMMO) runs an automated camera in Shandong Province, monitoring meteor activity above the coast of the Yellow Sea. On Aug. 16th, it caught the brightest fireball in years. The night sky turned blue when a space rock exploded hundreds of times brighter than a full Moon: "The meteor illuminated the whole earth and shook the landscape with a loud sound," reports CMMO staff member Zhou Kun. "The flash of light, which peaked at 22:59 pm local time, was widely observed across the Shandong and Jiangsu provinces of China." Kun estimates the astronomical magnitude of the flash to be -20, more than 900 times brighter than a full Moon (albeit not as bright as the sun). If so, that would make it a rare fireball indeed. According to a NASA computer model of Earth's meteoroid environment, a fireball of that magnitude could be a decade class event. More information about this event (including a possible meteorite debris zone) may become available as the CMMO team analyzes "a large number of eye-witness reports," says Kun. Stay tuned. https://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=167571
  11. Rock 1: Tiny, Magnetic, no crust, visible metal.
  12. Even though this article is ~14 months old, I didn't find it on the site. There was a short BBC video posted back then which (pretty sure) is the same expedition. If I'm just reposting something that was previously linked then sorry.... https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/02/hunting-for-antarcticas-lost-meteorites/583564/
  13. Made it back out to gold basin today and managed to pick up a couple more little meteorites the largest at 10.4 grams and the smaller one is 5.3 grams. This other stone also gave a nice signal the crystals show better in the sun, I think is a basalt with olivine?
  14. These will blow your mind.... https://www.christies.com/features/A-collectors-guide-to-meteorites-8231-1.aspx?sc_lang=en https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/14/arts/meteorites-collectors-auction-christies.html?
  15. Some scientists now think there are the building blocks for life in meteorites. One block is protein. https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-claim-to-have-found-the-first-known-extraterrestrial-protein-in-a-meteorite
  16. do meteorites just land anywhere on the planet? or do they typically land in specific areas? For instance would Atlanta, Georgia USA have meteorites on the ground somewhere?
  17. I was bumming around Las Vegas today and wandered into the Gold and Silver pawn shop for a look around as the parking lot was open and there was no line to get in. Walking through the shop one of the display cases was filled with nature and science objects and a handful of small meteorites and two larger all iron nickel from the Argentina Campo Del Cielo meteor impact. They were asking $25 for the small ones that were between a nickel and quarter in diameter and $250 each for the large ones. I grabbed one of the large one and asked for a discount and after checking they would sell it for 20% less making it $200 I’m sure I could have bargained more but didn’t care to, the one in my hand weighed 368 grams and had some nice character so I wrapped it up and took it home. This is a very common meteorite as they go but seemed a fair price at around 1/2 the asking price for most of the similar examples on eBay and although not a bargain I suppose, but if you are in the area and looking for one of these (in a shop) $25 for a small meteorite doesn’t seem to far out of line?
  18. A story has surfaced about a meteorite found about 4 years ago in Maryborough. https://10daily.com.au/news/australia/a190716bcjmr/man-hunting-for-gold-finds-four-billion-year-old-meteorite-instead-20190717
  19. Does anyone have any tips for locating Location to hunt meteorites in West Texas with Metal Detector
  20. Perhaps not enough information, but how does it look to you? It's about 15mm in size. Thanks in advance
  21. https://www.tellerreport.com/news/2019-12-25---the-meteorite-that-fell-on-christmas-eve-.r1wJLAlJL.html https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=Spain&sfor=places&ants=&nwas=&falls=&valids=&stype=contains&lrec=50&map=ge&browse=&country=All&srt=name&categ=All&mblist=All&rect=&phot=&strewn=&snew=0&pnt=Normal table&code=16715
  22. Hello all, My soon-to-be-fiancée and I are heading to Arizona in a few weeks. She's a Science teacher and loves ALL things space. I want to take her meteorite hunting but have NO clue where to start. For the folks whose ever been to Holbrook, I have a few questions: 1. Are there metal detector rental places nearby? We're flying in from Florida so I'd like to purchase/rent when we get there. 2. If we drive into Holbrook, are there maps telling you where to go hunt? I'll continue to look for GPS coordinates before I go. I've read folks talking about railroad tracks... 3. Are metal detectors the best way to find something? Can you "drag a magnet" or use the naked eye? Thanks for any replies. ANY help will be much appreciated. -Bobbo
  23. I went to Gold Basin with the IDEA of finding gold. That proved futile so I went back to a couple of places where I've found meteorites. I managed to eek out a couple (10g partial sunbaker and 2.7g from near the helicopter pad) before I headed home via Franconia on Thursday morning. This is the patina you expect on a sunbaker meteorite. I haven't cleaned it and I'll let this one stay with the little bit of dirt. I heard it but didn't see it before I scooped it. I also didn't have my camera with me to take a picture. I have not been in Franconia with the 7000 since it came out. On that trip I got a couple of nice chondrites and about 20 irons. The picture and story won Minelab find of the month. I was hoping for a repeat but I also wanted to target a different area. Part of that plan worked and part didn't. The first half of the walk I didn't find any irons and found one deep target that is not a meteorite even tho I've found a meteorite there at a similar depth. Here are the beginning panoramas for Franconia. It was a good 'second half' of the trip because I swung down to where the irons fell and found a few on the patina patches I had missed before. They are not very big but they sound off really good. Beginning at 1 o'clock on the dime and going to 12 the ten meteorites are: .06, .06, .07, .07, .10, .18, ,25, ,28, .32, and .34 grams. Just like gold the meteorites in Franconia are harder to find! Mitchel
  24. I welcome! Found it on a pole in the grass. The smell of a burner. MD Signum 9x12 20 kHz. The ground was taken strongly to the minus for better detection of copper targets. Very weak short tone. Would be buried in the ground would not pay attention and would confuse with the signal from the ground. Equinox 800 does not regulate on it on any program. X- terra 705 does not respond to 18 kHz, 7.5 kHz, 3 kHz. Signum on 3 kHz and on 7.5 kHz does not react either. With respect.
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