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Just as a professional golfer knows exactly where the hole is to be placed for that perfect shot and a pro basketball player knows the precise positioning of the hoop, so an experienced meteorite hunter knows the best way to set up a crater for a meteorite to strike. A well planned crater is essential for a new meteorite fall. Rocks from space look for good craters in which to land, just like a bird looks for the perfect site to build a nest.  

You have to determine in advance the size of the crater needed to attract your target. It is is too big they will fly right by and ignore it. The same if it is way too small as it won't be recognized or seem attractive enough. You had better to stick to a relatively smaller size though. Don't try to get that rare eagle rock when sparrow stones are plentiful. If this will be your first attempt it would be good to start by digging a round hole about a 18 to 24  inches across that's about eight inches deep in a hard dirt patch of ground. Be sure to blacken the surrounding ground as this enhances the attractiveness of the crater. Now here is the key. The only way your are going to truly attract a falling meteorite is if you set up a slow burning fire in its base that is totally out of place. They have to spot it all the way up in space. The fire in the bottom of a dirt crater makes it visible and stand out like nothing else around. A petroleum product, like a good kerosene or long burning liquid paraffin oil, works well. Get it lit with absolutely no other man made flammables around as that makes it look just like an ordinary fire and it will surely be ignored. Once lit get out of site, but stay nearby like a hunter in her blind. Meteorites always want to completely surprise people. If they know you are suspecting they will come they will never ever land nearby. Once you do hear them come in to roost give them time to settle in. A video camera is an absolute must to show off your find. They are really not camera shy and love attention.  So, post, post, post!  Show it everywhere, youtube, instagram, facebook. Call all the local TV news networks to get it on local and national news. Your little meteorite guy will be famous and you will get all of the credit.

Please watch the entire youtube video to see a successful crater and recovery.


The burning crater with the new fallen meteorite is below.


Now you too can build your own meteorite landing site crater.



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know where there's a couple general patton's .50 cal & 20mm wood target frames are at. back in the 1970's metal detected the the area ended up with over 300lbs. steel cores would penatrate the soil, leaving copper on the surface. had to use a detector cause the copper blended in with the terrain well. over 300lbs. about half mile from the burnt lumber found from the fall rocks. will check it out.

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Great instructions...Tried it earlier today in Cuba, and, darn, if it didn't work ... Great instructions (and if you don't believe me, Google Cuba Meteorite today! ... Cheers, Unc


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