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  1. One of the best kept secrets of the aficionados of the meteorite world is the incredible culinary delight to barbecue by meteorite. It was back in August 1993 during the Perseid Meteor Shower that I was first tasted the succulent savory flavor of a barbecue by meteorite. World renowned amateur astronomer, Gerry Rattley, led thirty of us from the East Valley Astronomy Club to an abandoned cattle ranch in a pine forest penned by gnarled wooden fencing deep in the remote Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona to view the Perseid Meteor Showers and taste the most amazing barbecue by meteorite I could have ever imagined. Gerry’s observing skills and knowledge set him apart from the average amateur. He was the first person in the world to see all 110 Messier astronomy observing objects in one night in what has now become an annual event called the Messier Marathon in late March. Worldwide annually now a half million others try to match his observing prowess. Then he became the first amateur to prove that asteroids had moons when he observed and timed an asteroid and its small moon occulting a bright star even before NASA even believed asteroids had moons. Gerry was finally the first person to discover the cooking properties of fresh meteorites. He knew exactly what was in store for us this night more than we could have ever realized. Earlier that evening Gerry had set up a super tall wood bonfire complete with kindling with a cooler full of top steaks, ribs, and shish kebabs off to the side. He had figured out in advance the exact spot where the incoming meteor would land to place the bonfire. He was like an old sage fishing buddy who always knew the best spots to reel in the biggest bass. The Perseid Meteors were expected to put on their best display of the century that year as Comet Swift-Tuttle, which produces the shower, had just passed by Earth in its once every 133 year orbit laying down a stream of new meteoritic particles guaranteeing a storm to be remembered with one special out-of-this-world treat. The meteors began right on cue flying out like spokes in all directions but pointing always backwards to the source radiant in the Constellation Perseus. Finally, just after midnight, a spectacular Perseid fireball came absolutely straight towards us exactly out of the center of the radiant shining like the full Moon. The meteor grew three-dimensionally and exploded in a great flash. The desert lit up all around us. It then dimmed to a flaming brand, but it kept on coming finally developing an arc just before it hit. Gerry yelled, “Incoming!” and we all ducked. It exploded smack dab in the middle of the bonfire instantly setting it ablaze. Barbeque by Metreorite video 2020.mp4 Suddenly, the most amazing aroma I had ever smelled swept over us. It was a rich, sweet, woody carbon smell emanating from the center of the bonfire. Gerry quickly set up the grill on the bonfire, which had burned down quickly, with the meteorite embers in its center and put the steaks, ribs, and shish kebabs on the fire. A great feast was had by all. I later discovered myself that only very fresh carbonaceous meteorites are good for cooking after I had found my first fresh carbon Tagish Lake Meteorite in the Yukon Territory of northern Canada in 2001. The smell of the first meteorite was so amazing that I learned to find them by my nose. I tossed some of the smaller ones I had found into my campfire and enjoyed a fabulous cookout. There have been over 500 scientific papers written up about what the Tagish Lake Meteorite teaches us about the origin of our solar system, but not a single one yet describes its sensual aroma or its culinary cooking properties. It takes a certain type of fresh meteorite to get the best flavor. Irons meteorites and most stoney meteorites are far too sulfurous and smelly, like rotten eggs, to be used for cooking. The sweet smell of a fresh fallen carboniferous meteorite though sends the taste buds into ecstasy. Random sporadic carbon meteorites are far too unreliable to know where they will land to set up a barbecue pit. But the special class of carbons that are found in the cometary dust of the largest annual meteor showers are amazing. You need to locate the shower sky radiant and set up your bonfire in a remote area where the largest meteor will come exactly out of the center of that radiant to hit your target. Like the the master teacher Gerry Rattley, I have learned where to set up the next bonfire for my own Barbecue by Meteorite feast. You are all welcome to join me this coming August for the Perseid Meteor Shower deep in the heart of the Superstition Mountains for the best barbecue you will ever have. Let’s enjoy some good eats this summer! RSVPs welcome, billpeters
  2. I'll give you twenty-five cents for it, if you include the quarter. billpeters
  3. Kenster, The gold and precious mineral value of Asteroid 16 Psyche is highly misleading in the sensationalized press. Psyche is the 10th largest asteroid by volume at 147 miles in diameter. Placed on Earth it would cover the State of Iowa 42 miles thick in rock of nearly all iron and nickel. Of course, any micro percentage of every single precious metal will value in the gazillions of dollars. Psyche is unique among asteroids in that it is almost completely iron and nickel. The main component of most asteroids is silica, the same as sand and glass. There are no solid gold nor platinum asteroids or Earth landed meteorites. Meteorite precious mineral or metal content is minimal with the exception of semiprecious pallasite containing silicate mineral olivine. The value of meteorites is that they are rocks from space. Merry Christmas! billpeters
  4. Simon, It doesn't have the look of a meteorite, but if it truly has metal flecks in it that would be significant. The slight magnetic content it typical of terrestrial rocks everywhere, even Great Britain. You can take a neodymium magnet and drop it anywhere into sand and dirt and it will be covered in magnetic filings. Try it. The standard source of many out-of-place rocks where I had lived in northern Ohio and also in Great Britain, is the product of glaciation. That said, the possibility of metal flecks that are not mistakenly quartz glistening would indicate that you should get a more professional opinion. Keep us posted. billpeters
  5. Hello all, I'm going out to the All Arizona Star Party about 40 miles east of Quartzsite, AZ at the Hovatter Towers exit to observe Asteroid 1998 HL1 at +12.35 magnitude. It is reasonably listed at 589 m in diameter or 1932 ft. The observing site is about 4 miles east and 3 miles south of the exit on an abandoned airfield. About 150 people will be there all weekend with about 75 scopes up to 26" in diameter mirrors. On Wednesday, Oct 23 11:09 p.m. MST I video recorded asteroid 16 Psyche eclipse a +10.2 magnitude star for 14.5 seconds near the eclipse center line. The magnitude drop was 1.1. The silhouette of the asteroid will help the NASA space probe, which will rendezvous with this all metal asteroid and go into a stable orbit. Below are two prior occultation cords used to project the shape of 16 Psyche. Cheers! billpeters
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. It looks exactly like a rusted wedge. billpeters
  9. 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
  10. Odin, There has never been a meteorite found at the Tunguska event in 1908. Perhaps you have it misidentified and could correct. billpeters
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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