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  1. Finally a meteorite has been confirmed to land in NZ, it seems a very rare event. It landed somewhere near where I look for gold, so you never know If I'm extraordinary lucky I may strumble across something one day. 🙂 Hunt for rare meteorite begins after spectacular fireball over Otago The fireball was detected on a camera at Dunstan High School, Alexandra. Photo / Fireballs Aotearoa Scientists are searching for a meteorite that fell to the ground after a spectacular fireball lit up the sky over Otago on Sunday night. The meteorite dropped somewhere southeast of Middlemarch and west of Outram near Dunedin, Fireballs Aotearoa scientists said. The fireball was captured over central and east Otago at 10.50pm by five night-sky cameras deployed as part of Fireballs Aotearoa's mission to track down New Zealand meteorites. Associate Professor James Scott from the University of Otago's Department of Geology recently deployed three of the five cameras with students and colleague. The meteorite fell somewhere in the area southeast of Middlemarch and west of Outram. Image / Fireballs Aotearoa. "It's stunning. The fireball was seen from Oamaru to Invercargill, and from Queenstown to Dunedin, and we are confident that it dropped between 1kg and 10kg of material southeast of Middlemarch - right in the middle of our network." The other two fireball cameras that detected the meteor were based in Southland and operated by Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of NZ, Bob Evans. Calculations by Dr Denis Vida from the Global Meteor Network showed the meteor sped in steeply from the west at about 15km/s and lasted over six seconds. It decelerated to about 3km/s, at which point the bright flight stopped. "This is a good sign because it means that meteorites survived until the end," Dr Vida said. "A loud sonic boom followed the fireball, indicating a large size of the initial meteoroid entering the atmosphere." Just nine confirmed meteorites have fallen in New Zealand over the past 150 years, with only two having been seen to "fall". The last confirmed meteorite came through a roof in the Auckland suburb of Ellerslie in 2004 and originated from an asteroid, an area of rubble left over from early solar system. The calculated trajectory of Sunday's meteoroid suggests the last one also came from the asteroid belt. Astronomer Jeremy Taylor of Fireballs Aotearoa asked people not to trespass while looking for any meteorites. "If you live in this area, please look out for dark shiny rocks in places they shouldn't be," Mr Taylor said. "If you find a piece on your land or on a road, please let us know. Don't take any risks searching for it and don't go where you shouldn't." Dr Michele Bannister from the School of Earth and Environmental Science at Canterbury University explained what people should look out for when hunting the meteorite. "It'll have a distinct black surface from melting during its passage through the atmosphere," Dr Bannister said. "Please photograph it in place: Note the location using your phone GPS and avoid touching it with your bare hands, the less contamination the better. "Pick it up in fresh aluminium foil if possible, or otherwise a new clean plastic bag." If you do find something out-of-place, then please send a photo and the coordinates to Prof. James Scott (james.scott@otago.ac.nz), who is co-ordinating the search for this rock, or via the contact page at www.fireballs.nz. Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/hunt-for-rare-meteorite-begins-after-spectacular-fireball-over-otago/6D3UZANOWAS6BINOEHLOHI2AAA/
  2. I havent been on the forums much, but was able to get out to Salt Lake Utah new meteorite fall, and make 2 finds , just 3 days from the fresh fall. The larger one was 133 grams, the smaller one was 53 grams. If anyone is thinking about hunting, I would recomment an ATV, as its a large area. There are patches of soft mud, where I would not drive even a 4x4 out there.
  3. First off, I know this is the wrong subgroup, but I was hoping Steve could leave it for a day or 2. My buddy Mark Dayton, got a call from his brother, about a meteor that went over Salt Lake City, Utah. We live near Sacramento, CA. He's in a country band, and was booked for next 2 nights, but as soon as that was done, he booked a$$ to SLC. And dude found it!!! I talked to him, and the thing that I found so amazing, is the confidence. Everyone says Mark is a lucky guy, but he puts in the work.
  4. Found 4 chondrites over an area of about 5 square miles. I don't know if I was just incredibly lucky or what, since they appear to be quite spread out, but the smallest I found in the first spot I stopped, about 5 minutes after I turned my detector on. Another few hours turned up nothing. I drove about a mile away and the next largest (with the large stress fracture) turned up as my first target for the area, 10 mins after I turned my detector on, then nothing else for another hour of detecting. I drove about 2 miles further and yet again, 10 mins after turning the detector on I got the biggest one (it's about the diameter of a quarter, for scale). But this time I managed a 2nd find in the same area, a few hours later. So, the fall seems to cover quite a large area, but the meteorites were only found where bedrock was at surface so far, which is quite a small part of the whole area. They seem to be quite sparsely spaced out compared to Gold Basin for instance. Does this qualify as a strewn field? This is in Wyoming, not a common spot for meteorites. Everything was at or near surface, looks to be a kinda fresh fall? I'm sure there are a lot more out there, they were getting bigger going North, so it seems that was the direction of travel.
  5. Hi all, In the UK over the weekend there was a meteorite shower. I came across this today in the middle of a field. There are small gold flecks and small crystal formations that are hard to capture.
  6. One of my finds with my new Deus II this weekend while detecting at a local baseball field was what I thought a chunk of iron. Upon looking at it tonight, I was expecting it to be highly magnetic; it was not. A strong magnet will attract to it, but it struggles to stick to it. I hit it a couple times with a hammer to see if I could break off any crud from the outside. A chunk came off, and it exposed a bright, metallic looking substrate. It is very heavy for its size. I tried scratching the metallic area, thinking it may be lead, but it would not scratch with an aluminum chain link fencing piece. Any help would be appreciated as to whether this could really be a meteorite. If I need to cut it to find out, help with what direction to cut would also be super! Update--I used a file on it, and it barely took anything off. The metal is very hard. Update 4-28-22--The close-up pics were taken using a USB microscope.
  7. You probably don't need a metal detector if you get there at the right time! https://www.meteorite-times.com/a-string-of-first-time-finds-on-highway-98-84/
  8. One of the Meteorite Men, Geoff Notkin has a lot of things up for auction including two of his metal detectors! If you want to see a vast array of meteorites and possibly purchase one at auction go here: https://fineart.ha.com/c/ecatalog.zx?saleNo=8089&ic5=CatalogHome-AucType-PrintedCatalogViewer-071515 I have met Geoff on two or three trips to Tucson Gem and Mineral Show over the years and I've purchased a couple of his books. He is quite a character and quite a nice guy.
  9. I have been in denial, but with temperatures hitting over 100 degrees on a daily basis I finally have to admit the winter detecting season in the Southern California and Arizona deserts is over. It has been a fun year, and I have met a lot of good people through the clubs I belong to, Bill Southern's YouTube patreon group and just randomly in the middle of nowhere. I have detected mostly with the GPX 6000 and GM 1000. I just love getting out into nature. The thrill of being in a beautiful area with the sense of adventure and the chance to find stuff is exhilarating. My best gold finds were a patch of eight small nuggets in the Cargo Muchacho Mountains, a 4.1 gram nugget with two small nuggets (.2 and .3 grams) each nestled less than six inches away near Yuma, a 17 gram complete chondrite meteorite with regmaglypts and contraction cracks from Coyote Dry Lake, a "perfect" old tin can with solder seam and applied top, a mule shoe found at the top of a high hill in the middle of the Vulture Mountains in Arizona and a bird band in Gold Basin that I reported. I got a bunch of other small nuggets but the artifacts and animals really help me get through those days when I get skunked. I will be making trips to Northern Nevada and the Yuba this summer. See you there!
  10. I eyeballed/ picked up a rock that looks sorta like an Apollo space capsule from a farm field.It has a paper thin black crust and grey interior where a farmers plow broke it, but my magnet won't stick to it. How do I tell if it is or isn't a meteorite? There is a parking lot there now. There are sparkles inside the rock. I hear there are stony meteorites that are not magnetic? I'll find the rock and post a photo later. -Tom
  11. I have been pretty consistent finding a few meteorites hunting the gold basin placers lately, nice finding something in between finding a nugget. I’m averaging at least a tiny piece of gold maybe about 75% of the time most of these have been shallow 3” down or less and ring strong out on the 6000 like a large caliber bullet on the surface, they are a great motivator to dig all the trash sounding targets because they sound just the same.
  12. Howdy 🙂 It's great to see this site is a rather active one. I hope to be of some contribution and I know for sure I'll learn a lot from many of you along the way. My main interest in metal detecting is for finding meteorites. I owned and operated a used White's Goldmaster V/Sat from 2011 to 2020 when it was stolen from my vehicle. So... I've been hunting for a replacement ever since. I'm a fairly active member on many of the meteorite Facebook groups and I'll be catching up on all the meteorite topics that have been discussed in this forum. I enjoy just swinging the detector and digging up all them good targets. A few of my more interesting earthly finds have been an 1899 Canadian 5 cent piece, a handmade copper earing of a wolf or coyote howling at the moon and a really nice blebby copper nugget. Happy to be here.
  13. Hellow everyone! Iam new to this forum and what I have looks like a meteorite. It has a dark brown fusion crust, contraction cracks,strongly magnetic and heavy for its size. I actually contacted two universities and i was told that this rock might be a chondrite. So I have high Hope of it being a meteorite.
  14. The top 10 craters are impressive. Think about how many are unknown! https://www.livescience.com/45126-biggest-impact-crater-earth-countdown.html
  15. What was the last meteorite found in the USA Mainland? How 'bout worldwide? 'Falling Stars' are visible every evening somewhere on this planet I would think, but finding them is something else of course. I used to watch Meteorite Men on the Science Channel years back. What were those cats names? Gregory maybe and one other guy. It always interest me . . . how meteorites were located and hopefully found. I remember one they found that was huge like maybe 3' in diameter. It wasn't from a recent fireball that someone saw falling. I always wondered why they were looking on this particular large farm & pasture land? It was like 6' deep. I think they were using a custom 2-box detector on wheels. It lay along the side of a long fence line. Did anyone see that particular Meteorite Men? Anyways meteorites are cool! Later, Billy
  16. The 6000 coaxed another meteorite out of Gold Basin, this is the largest I’ve found and reminds me of a chocolate brownie. It was baked and left at the edge of a shrub the two pieces that fit like a puzzle to the meteoritic brownie found near by. this was an aluminum can loud signal a 1” boot scrape made it even louder, a couple quick scrapes with my pick pulled a dense heavy rock out from about 4 inches down.
  17. Hi Guys, Found a possible meteorite near Coolgardie (West Australia) last Friday. I'm in the process of getting an authority to either confirm or decline it as a proper meteorite. I've had two agencies reply so far who are quite confident its the real deal and the most likely candidate is a 'H Chondrite'. It was found while I was gold detecting and produced a very strong signal on my Minelab 7000. Depth about 200mm. No other ironstones or hot-rocks in the area. Very quiet ground. Fingers crossed! Anyway, it was gently extracted with my plastic scoop in easy digging soil and came as 5 separate fragments that I managed to make fit together back home once I washed all the soil of them pretty nicely! Went together like a jigsaw! Here's some pictures. Cheers folks. Jim.
  18. It's not gold related, nor is it coin and relic but a lot of us also search for space rocks... talk about pennies from heaven... Jen It's
  19. It was a 1 in 100 billion chance but ... https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/14/world/canada/meteorite-bed.html
  20. Good morning! Hoping for a little help with this rock. I found it with my Excal in the Boise river(South West Idaho). It was a faint dull sound with the Excal so I picked it up and tossed it in the bag hoping for some gold after I rinsed the sand off later. No signs of gold, but it is quite odd. Got the Equinox out at home and it reads -6 to -8 but faint. Maybe a meteorite of sorts? It was in an area of the river that has a fairly strong constant flow. Approximately 58g and 6cm x 3.5 cm x 2cm height. Appreciate any help!
  21. I need help identifying this rock please. I found this around Louisiana a few weeks back. To me it looks like raw Platinum or an ore maybe. I’m not really good at this yet haha. It’s not magnetic at all, it’s weight is 3.7 grams, and it’s streak is too hard to get, as it only scratches the plate. So possibly even a meteorite? Idk heh. Thanks you!!
  22. You can buy it this month at auction. https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/27190/lot/11/
  23. Today found me deep in the Nevada outback, searching for those elusive gold nuggets with my trusty Minelab GPZ 7000. Towards the end of the day, I heard a nice, narrow double target response from the detector, just like the small and shallow sub-gram nuggets make. After pinpointing the target with the edge of the GPZ 14 coil, I plunged my plastic scoop into the loose soil, where it encountered a rock about 3 or 4 inches deep. Removing it from the soil, I immediately noticed that the rock was unusually dense; rubbing the dirt from the stone revealed the familiar rusty tin can color and smooth, regmaglypted surface typical of a weathered chondrite. The stone meteorite had a couple of broken surfaces, so I carefully searched the area with the detector for more fragments and soon received another double target response that turned out to be another stone of about the same size and depth as the first, and around 8 feet downslope. The two fragments fit together perfectly, just like a jigsaw puzzle. This meteorite is my third Nevada cold find since 2008. Area where the two chondrite fragments were dug, one at just 3 o'clock of the detector coil, and the other at the tip of the scoop handle: The two fragments reunited, with a total mass of 276 grams:
  24. A meteorite is tracked back to its beginning with the help of a sky camera! https://www.livescience.com/meteorites-botswana-from-vesta-originally.html?utm_source=Selligent&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LVS_newsletter&utm_content=LVS_newsletter+&utm_term=6578252&m_i=owCgqp5L9ntOMytAIIbJqm02cPRvhR40QaCjx5_rvwsSDtxaYE85ZhrzKKAZJxC6CO6K0WFQcLx9E9YxpvhnpNvFUNP8ktCo%2BQCYz_Zoon
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