Thursday, August 29, 2019

This is just a simple reality of life for a true methead.

Friday, August 23, 2019

It’s happening!

It has been almost two years since I started to seriously collect meteorites  and I have always hoped I could reach a point where I could sell some to other collectors to help support my passion. Well, it’s finally happening! I am currently getting some smaller specimens ready to go to new homes and I am expecting some awesome new material in the next few weeks. I am also planning a hunt for a close-by fall that happened over 30 years ago. Exciting stuff in the works so keep an eye out for updates!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

1983 Maryville, Tennessee fall

At approximately 04:15 local time on January 28, 1983, an L6 chondrite fell from the sky and landed in the town of Maryville, Tennessee. A single 1.4kg stone was recovered after being found by a local resident who found it in her garden the morning after the fireball was seen in the area. I live a short drive from the spot of this fall and I recently did some research on the local media reports about the fall. I ran across an interesting aspect of the fall, which reflects the political atmosphere of the day.

According to local news reports, many residents feared that the “skyrock” was really a radioactive piece of a Soviet satellite that had fallen from orbit. One article from the January 31, 1983 edition of the Knox News-Sentinel showcases a large photo of a Civil Air Patrol member testing the meteorite with a period Civil Defense Geiger counter. The scenario seems amusingly absurd to me in today. but 36 years ago the world - along with peoples understanding of meteorite science - was a very different place. 

Here is that photo with the accompanying headline. Enjoy!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Forget seeing Jesus in toast!

Here is a quick post to share a 1.07g piece of unclassified HED eucrite that has the face cult leader Jim Jones visible in the matrix. I’m thinking of starting a cult leaders collection. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Welcome to my new blog!

Thanks for taking time to check out my new meteorite blog!

I obtained my first meteorite specimen along with a a custom knife made by Ken Largin that incorporated meteorite in the blade. The specimen is identified as a small Campo del Cielo, although it doesn’t look like any Campo I’ve seen before. I kept the knife and the specimen on display for several years before I decided to see if I could obtain any other meteorites and start a collection.

Fast forward to 2017 when I did some web searches for meteorites and to my surprise, I found a thriving collector market. After doing some research, I decided to buy a small Silhote Alin specimen and I was hooked.

Since then, I have added many specimens to my collection, and I have been active in the meteorite community through social media. I am also a member of the American Meteor Society and hope to join other organizations in the future.

This blog will be a resource for anyone interested in meteorite collecting. I will share links to topics of interest, collector resources, and information about my own collection. I look forward to hearing your comments and questions. Until then, happy collecting!