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  1. Welcome Godsrocks, Clearly not a meteorite. Try the geology forums. It is better to know the Rock or Ages than to know the ages of the rocks. billpeters
  2. Welcome Unger, It could be iron ore from the Mesabi Range in Minnesota that fell off of a barge going to the steel mills of Cleveland. Or it could be one of a thousand other more natural possibilities before it is likely to be a meteorite. It has to be brought up and then it can be more easily analyzed. Why are you magnet fishing in the Detroit River? Is there that much iron in the Flint water supply that gets into the fish in the Detroit River? I once picked up a small gold nugget with my meteorite magnet cane. It picked up iron mixed with quartz that contained gold. It was my best find of the year. Hope you get an actual meteorite. billpeters
  3. I saw Comet Neowise (C/2020 F3) rise above the mountains NE of Phoenix this morning from near the Bush Fire burn area at 4:18 a.m. an hour an 15 minutes before sunrise. I was at the Beeline highway and the Bush highway intersection on a remote, dark cul de sac. Comet Neowise was 0 magnitude and easy to see naked eye with a one degree tail. I found it by right angle triangulating from Venus and Capella with the comet rising at the right angle point. Through my 60x20 binocs it had a very distinct, bright nucleus with a sharp edged tail brighter on the left side than the right side. The tail had lots of detail. This is the brightest comet since Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake of the last century. I usually see 4 comets just with my binocs annually. This is by far the best. It will be an evening sky comet in a few weeks at probably 0 magnitude or brighter with a clear tail. You should try seeing it before it leaves the morning skies. Check out tomorrow morning. Also go to www.spaceweather.com for more info. o Keep looking up, billpeters
  4. Happy 4th of July to Mortlock, Bedrockbob, Mike Stang, Skip Auseeker, DaveDolan, Clay, Frank, BMc, Wet/Dry washer, Luke, Reuben MrMeteroite, Ivago, Chrisski, Jamale (not a Kenyan holiday I know), Filip, Bawaayce, Gooch, Fara_kayy, and everyone else. I enjoy the posts. You guys make Nuggetshooter interesting. Stay safe, billpeters
  5. Ken, No, a 182 gm iron meteorite would slow to terminal velocity of about 200 mph and fall at the end of its flight path almost vertically. It would be the same as if you had dropped the same sized rock from a Cessna airplane at 10,000 feet. It would dent concrete, but would not make a trench. Even if the initial meteorite path was just under an Earth skimmer the angle of impact would be no more than about 20 degrees from vertical. Neither the trench nor the scuff marks on the fence were caused by a meteorite. Your rock needs to be professionally evaluated in my opinion. billpeters
  6. Beeper, It's as simple as aiming a telescope at two different objects in different parts of the sky. The Moon is only near the Sun one day a month. The Sun's light only glances off the reflectors and doesn't hit the house. I have my system program set to turn off when the Moon is within 15 degrees of the Sun just in case. Be cool! billpeters
  7. Parabolic Lunar Collector One of the greatest kept secrets from modern society, which has been known for centuries, is that the light shining down from the Moon is actually cold. That is why on cold winter nights it is colder when the Moon is shining on the snow than when it is cloudy or when the Moon is not shining. The Moon’s higher path in the sky is one of several reasons as to why the polar regions are colder than the tropics. The advantage of cold Moonlight is that it is a tremendous source of useful cold energy. I have actually figured out a way to practically use this cold moonlight to air condition my home. The Parabolic Lunar Collectors that I constructed and carefully configured to always be shining on my home when the Moon is above the horizon have tremendously cooled my living space and greatly reduced my electric bills. I discovered that you can use the Parabolic Lunar Collector to directly counter the heat coming from when the Sun is shining. I started by purchasing sets of six parabolic mirror panels from a reputable dealer for each lunar collector. I repurposed two computer guided telescope stands to hold the mirrors. Then I carefully placed the mirror panels in a lunar flower blossom arrangement on the stands. I used a set of six parabolic triangular shaped mirrors in a flower petal array. Each mirror is 30 inches on a side and light weight. The entire Parabolic Lunar mirror assembly is seven and a half feet across. Using a light source I was able to precisely focus each of the mirrors working together onto a wall target for calibration. I use a store bought computerized tracking program that guides the motor on the Parabolic Lunar Collector main drive to follows the Moon through the sky and shine it directly into my home. The Moon is actually above the horizon as much in the daytime as it is at night. It took a lot of practice to figure out how to best shine the cold Moonlight onto my home in such a way that it provided the optimal chilling effect into my living quarters. The benefits have been immediate and significant. The inside of my home is actually chilling. The cold lasts for hours before it dissipates, even after the Moon has set. Parabolic Lunar Collector Parabolic Lunar Collector cooling the front of the house It took a bit of tweaking to determine the best placement of the Lunar light. I have found shining directly into the bay windows had by far the greatest air conditioning effect. I have since build several more and set them up to strike both floors and different portions of the house. Parabolic Lunar Collector 2 Parabolic Lunar Collector cooling the back of the house I live in Gilbert, Arizona a suburb of Phoenix where the temperature is above 100 degrees on average over 130 days a year. This April we had 15 days above 100 degrees and in May we had 21 days above 100 with several days reaching 110 to 112 degrees. Now the endless 110 degree days are here, yet my electric bills in my two story 3,500 square foot home are practically nothing. I have actually met the meter man on two occasions. He told me that of all the occupied homes in Gilbert mine is by far the lowest in a town of 300,000 residents. As proof I have included my real last two bills to show you that these are really my average bills and are not a fluke. My neighbor who has the precise floor plan and square footage of my home had a bill of over $900 last July. Admittedly he has 12 kids, but my family’s bill last July was only $107. $52.58 April electric bill and $58.14 May electric bill What I really love about the Parabolic Lunar Collector is that it is totally non polluting green energy and practically free to produce. I'm thinking about installing an ice skating rink for the back yard next. Cheers! billpeters
  8. Hello Jamale, Good to see you back. What is the back story to the above picture? billpeters
  9. Welcome to the forum Fara kayy. We love newbies. Unfortunately, there is no chance of your rock being a meteorite. Everyone of us had been there. I have a mountain of meteor-wrongs. The Meteoritical Center at Arizona State University in the old days examined over 1000 personally found rocks people were convinced were meteorites, but on average 999 were just meteor-wrongs. Keep looking down. They're out there. billpeters
  10. Asteroid 2020 LD 400 foot in diameter just missed Earth on June 5th coming about 190,000 miles away well within the Moon's orbit. Asteroid 2020 LD was only discovered two days after it had passed us. It has a highly elliptical orbit swinging well within the orbit of Mercury to well beyond Mars out into the main asteroid belt. Had it hit it would have made a crater almost two miles in diameter and temporarily wiped out a small US state or have created a significant tsunami. About one in 2300 objects within that distance on average would hit. If it had been noticed earlier it would have been visible in moderate telescopes at 11+ magnitude late Thursday night. Cheers! Don't sweat the small stuff, billpeters
  11. Cone, I like your rock whether it is a meteorite or not. I'm in Mesa and wouldn't mind meeting you sometime. Bob is right. Turn over the porcelain top of the toilet tank and scratch your stone hard enough to leave a streak. It it is grey, black, or reddish grey it is oxidized terrestrial iron, which does not occur in space. Cheers! billpeters
  12. Welcome to the forum Slash, It is good that you are thinking meteorite, but it is not. It is typical scrap iron or natural slag. All structural characteristics support that analysis. Incidentally, magnetic rocks or rock-like by products are common throughout every state in the US. Keep checking and researching what real meteorites are like. With a lot of effort and luck yo could find a real one in the future. Cheers! billpeters
  13. I've got the formula to make authentic Martian slag meteorites. The ingredients make the rock. You need to have a highly specialized blend containing augite calcium, phosphate, iron disulfide, coarse orthopyroxene, Mg-bearing ilmenite, and a few other specialized ingredients. As always such a specialty blend can be obtained from my key supplier Jamalito Enterprises, a Nairobi, Kenyan based firm. If you want me to whip up a batch I could do so. Buyer beware there are a lot of cheap fakes out there. Cheers! billpeters
  14. Three of the others that passed between the Earth and the Moon this week were Asteroid 2020 JG at 79 feet in spherical diameter missing at just 143,000 miles, Asteroid 2020 JA at 43 feet in spherical diameter also missing at just 143,000 miles,m and Asteroid 2020 JN at 40 feet in spherical diameter missing at just 166,000 miles. At these distances the rate is one in 1300 will hit the Earth. I guess we've got 1297 more to go. Cheers! billpeters
  15. Near Earth Asteroid 2020 JJ was only discovered yesterday, May 4th, within a few hours of closest approach only missing Earth by 4350 miles. Asteroid 2020 JJ is only 13 feet in spherical diameter. It could be seen over the Arizona at 11.7+ magnitude for about thirty minutes yesterday. It would have left a few tons of meteorites over a strewnfield had it entered the atmosphere. It was one of about seven spotted NEO asteroids that passed closer than the Moon in the last two weeks. Another 45 which pass closer than 20 lunar distances in the next few weeks are listed at spaceweather.com . Last week another NEO asteroid 1.25 miles in diameter passed 3,900,000 miles from Earth visible for about a week at magnitude 10.7+. billpeters
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