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  1. Shhhh! Don't let that get out. I'm about to write an article to let you guys in on an absolutely amazing secret about meteorite fires. Cheers! billpeters
  2. Jake, No characteristics of a 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 ASU Meteorite Center. billepeters
  3. It looks exactly like a rusted wedge. billpeters
  4. Good catch Erratic, But it looks too symmetric, more like a piece of scrap metal. That cut metallic interior would be excellent to test on an inside of a toilet tank to see what it may streak. It it is grey or dull red, it is not a meteorite. I would get a second opinion with a hands on expert. I still think it is scrap metal. It looks wrong for a meteorite. Keep looking down, they're out there. Cheers! billpeters
  5. Odin, There has never been a meteorite found at the Tunguska event in 1908. Perhaps you have it misidentified and could correct. billpeters
  6. Wow BMc, That's quite an amazingly detailed report. It still should be submitted to reasonable investigators. Maybe the other former Marine Scouts can be located to verify your account and provide their perspective. I would presume that the Company Officer immediately cancelled the sniper exercise. You wouldn't want to accidentally start an intergalactic war by firing off rounds. How did you guys get so close to see so deeply inside? Since it stayed still for 20 minutes did you all go up to it and get a better look? What happened next? billpeters
  7. Why would an alien spacecraft need lights? The purpose of lights is to make themselves to be seen so that other craft can see them and don't crash into them. If it has a light on it, it is not an alien spacecraft. Cheers! billpeters
  8. Thanks BMc for bringing out the Industry 'standard' explanation for the first Lights Over Phoenix event that night. "As it happens, analysis of the sole amateur video of the formation is instructive. Even with enhancement, nothing can be seen to join the lights. Indeed, their pattern changes over even a few seconds’ time: “The lights clearly move in relation to each other, proving that the lights represent five separate objects, rather than a solid body” (Ortega 1998). In other words, eyewitnesses who interpreted the lights as representing a single massive craft were simply connecting the dots. Reports of stars being blocked out by the perceived craft were probably due to the closer bright V- formation lights that outlined a triangular area and made it difficult to see less-bright stars within—an optical principle used for stage magic effects known as “black art” (Hopkins 1898, 64–68). That evidence is supported by amateur astronomer Mitch Stanley, who observed the lights with his large Dobsonian telescope. Its ten-inch mirror gathers some 1,500 times the amount of light as that of the human eye, and its eyepiece magnifies an image sixty times—putting him, in effect, that many times closer to the lights than viewers on the ground. Stanley could see that the lights were, in a word, “planes.” He saw that each light was actually a pair, one each on each plane’s squarish wings (Ortega 1998)." The altitude of the first event is confirmed by multiple "witnesses in Glendale, a suburb northwest of Phoenix, who saw the object pass overhead at an altitude high enough to become obscured by the high, thin clouds; this was at approximately between 20:30 and 20:45 MST." The second point you brought out , BMC, is the oft repeated conflation of the two Lights Over Phoenix events as mentioned in the Fife Symington eyewitness account. Of course there were no flares with the first event. All speculation is spurious and hides the second Lights Over Phoenix event that was about the Maryland National Guard air patrol dropping high altitude search and rescue flares on the other side of the Sierra Estrella Mountains SW of Phoenix. The Truth is out there. Don't give it away! billpeters
  9. WillM, You have great insight here. Your wisdom and those like you are key to the growth of this intriguing and entertaining industry. I builds the imagination and opens up new mental gymnastics. Cheers! billpeters
  10. Bob, One of our world renowned top doctors had first postulated their existence. I believe his name was "Seuss". In fact, his chief assistant, a strapping young fellow named, "Horton" actually discovered these little aliens and made the first contact with their species. It was such a monumental discovery that it was written up and published in one of the most widely read books in the world, "Horton Hears a Who". If you listen extremely closely to your sample perhaps you will hear the same message. Cheers! billpeters
  11. Wow Chrisski, I have hunted on the Barry Goldwater Gunnery Range (with a pass) and all over the area south of I-8 and have found over a dozen 1 inch square Flare end caps. I had also found them while hiking numerous times with an approved pass from the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation in the same area. All of them are bright red plastic end caps with a red "F" molded into the cap. They look identical in shape and size to the end cap you show on the flare diagram, except that they are hard plastic. I had kept them for a number of years, but finally pitched them. I had known that they were high altitude flare caps. billpeters
  12. NWA 4485 is a fine example of a meteorite whose interior matrix and crust does not match yours. You should be able to find numerous examples of terrestrial stones that have matrices similar to yours, but also dissimilar to NWA 4485 and the interiors of meteorites of similar classification. billpeters
  13. Neither the matrix interior nor exterior have any resemblance to a meteorite. Try the geology forum. billpeters
  14. Yup. Cracks are Sun baked. billpeters
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