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billpeters last won the day on January 30 2016

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    Meteorite hunting, astronomy-observing transient phenomena, Christian apologetics, China, linguistics expert, world traveler

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  1. Meteor Over Michigan

    Lakes are good for about 4 more weeks. billpeters
  2. Meteor Over Michigan

    Mortlock, fragments probably landed near New Haven, MI near Lake St. Claire. Incidentally, the fall zone is far closer to Lake Huron and Lake Eire, even Lake Ontario is closer than Lake Michigan! AMSmeteors and Marc Fries should be able to triangulate the fall, but the difficulty now is the snow. Highly successful meteorite hunter, Larry Atkins, lives right there. He will be on it. Which means he won't be at the Tucson gem show. It will be a great place to search once the snow melts. billpeters P. S. I have just talked to Larry. He is leaving AZ in two hours to go back to MI to hunt for meteorites. Good luck, Larry.
  3. Need help with a possible meteorite

    It has no characteristics of a meteorite. Take a look at your rock(s). If it glistens like a crystal structure (ie: quartz) at any point in the rock it can’t be a meteorite. If it has layers, it can’t be a meteorite, it’s sedimentary. If it has small gas bubbles in it, it can’t be a meteorite. It’s basalt. If it is moderately magnetic it is not a meteorite. If there is a thick crust on it, it can’t be a meteorite. File off a corner or cut it. It won’t diminish it’s value. If there is all bright silvery metal it can’t be a meteorite. If it is all grey metal it can’t be a meteorite. If there is black crust as thin as a fingernail, and crazing on the outside of the rock, it might be a meteorite. If there are small silver specks visible in the filed off section, it might be meteorite. There are billions of magnetic rocks in the US, none of which are meteorites. Anyone can find magnetic earth stones nearly everywhere. Just take a strong magnet and drop into sand and you will see what I mean. Check our O Richard Norton’s, “Rocks from Space” or visit the Arizona State Un. Meteorite Center. billpeters
  4. Need help with a possible meteorite

    Conglomerate sedimentary, terrestrial rock. There are 100s of billions of magnetic rocks in California, none of which are meteorites. billpeters
  5. Interesting rock, Meteor-wrong?

    Not a meteorite. magnetic rocks are found throughout Wisconsin. Sorry. billpeters
  6. One big chunk in the backyard

    Nice piece of basalt. Nothing to do with meteorites.
  7. It is much better than your last one, but looks layered. If so, it is not a meteorite. File off a corner to look inside. It won't hurt the value. If there are metal silvery flecks you may have something. Otherwise, I would vote, "no". Billpeters
  8. Is it a right or wrong?

    Doubtful, not a typical gold Basin meteorite. Would need to see it in person. billpeters
  9. Who else went out? Saw 802 Geminid meteors last night from 9:45 p to 4:45 a local MST NE of Phoenix, AZ at the Four Peaks parking lot until the sky fully clouded over. Top hour was about 235 meteors. There were many very bright meteors from -1 to -4 magnitude. There was one -7 magnitude one at 4:10 a. which lit up the whole desert and made shadows. Earlier in the evening we observed the 3 mile wide parent asteroid of the Geminid Meteor shower, Phaethon 3200, 6 million miles from Earth in a 26" telescope at +10.7 magnitude. It was quite bright and could be seen in a 4" telescope. This meteor shower brings my lifetime total meteor count to 20,137 meteors crossing the 20k milestone. Cheers billpeters
  10. Mars?

    Great videos. Thank you for the absolute proof that these rocks are not meteorites. The crystalline structure proves it. billpeters
  11. Check this rock out

    Cynthia, I liked the first one the best. These are much less so. Take a look at your rocks. If it glistens like a crystal structure (ie: quartz) at any point in the rock it can’t be a meteorite. If it has layers, it can’t be a meteorite, it’s sedimentary. If it has small gas bubbles in it, it can’t be a meteorite. It’s basalt. If it is moderately magnetic it is not a meteorite. If there is a thick crust on it, it can’t be a meteorite. File off a corner. It won’t diminish it’s value. If there is all bright silvery metal it can’t be a meteorite. If it is all grey metal it can’t be a meteorite. If there is black crust as thin as a fingernail, and crazing on the outside of the rock, it might be a meteorite. If there are small silver specks visible in the filed off section, it might be meteorite. There are billions of magnetic rocks in the US, none of which are meteorites. Anyone can find magnetic earth stones nearly everywhere. Just take a strong magnet and drop into sand and you will see what I mean. Check our O Richard Norton’s, “Rocks from Space” or visit the AZ St Un Meteorite Center or similar facility. billpeters
  12. Check this rock out

    Hello Cynthia, The mottled interior does not appear to be similar to most chondrules, nor does the exterior appear to be meteoritic crust. The rock is very interesting and should be taken to a geologist for further analysis. I don't think it is a meteorite, but it is worth a direct second look by an expert who should be able to tell you what you've got. billpeters
  13. Brown stone meteorite ?

    Sedimentary rock, non-meteorite. billpeters
  14. Arizona fireball!!

    Uncle Ron, You and Dodie saw the one which went west terminating over the ocean near Oceanside, CA north of San Diego at 6:33 p.m.AZ local MST Nov 18, 201 https://www.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2017/4500 . 88 others have already reported it on https://www.amsmeteors.org/fireballs/fireball-report/ You should report it as well at www.amsmeteors.org Congrats, billpeters
  15. Arizona fireball!!

    Sorry homefire. I stand by my assessment. If you were sitting in the outfield bleachers of an empty baseball stadium facing home plate four hours before game time and a basketball flew overhead from behind you towards the infield, how likely would it be that it was hit by a batter from behind home plate? If you took a road trip and stopped for gas how likely would it be to find bugs on the back window? The physics defy logic. It is a sporadic bollide large enough to have reached the ground, which could be recoverable. billpeters P.S. Cloudy weather limited by Leonid count this year to four. Only 712 to go to reach 20,000 lifetime meteors. The Geminids are next, Dec 14.
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