James Tobin

James Tobin

The Meteorite Exchange, Inc. was born in 1996 with meteorite.com and still enthusiastic about meteorites and all things related to them, we hunt, collect, cut and prepare specimens. We travel to gem shows and enjoy meteorites as much now as in the beginning. Please feel free to share any comments you have on this or any of our other sites.

About James Tobin

The Meteorite Exchange, Inc. was born in 1996 with meteorite.com and still enthusiastic about meteorites and all things related to them, we hunt, collect, cut and prepare specimens. We travel to gem shows and enjoy meteorites as much now as in the beginning. Please feel free to share any comments you have on this or any of our other sites.

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The Scientific Study of Meteorites

The Scientific Study of Meteorites

The work done by scientists today is very different from that which was done say one hundred years ago. But, a short discussion of the history may be of some value. When a meteorite was analyzed fifty years ago or longer it was a matter of weights and measures and wet chemistry. Chondrite meteorites are […]

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The Shape and Size of Meteorites

The Shape and Size of Meteorites

I could begin and end with the simple statement that meteorites come in all sizes and all shapes and make this a very short installment indeed. Yet, that statement would nevertheless be true. Meteorites come slamming into the atmosphere and break up into nearly any shape and into pieces from dust to the largest weighing […]

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Meteorite Craters

Meteorite Craters

Meteorite Impact Description: It can happen any time of the day. Something almost subliminal causes you to look up. There in the sky with small and yellow trailing smoke is a meteor. It is larger than any you have seen before. In just a second you realize that it is very different from any meteor […]

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Meteorite Finds

Meteorite Finds

Since the beginning of time pieces of rock and metal have been falling to Earth. Some of these meteorites land where the climate permits them to survive for thousands of years. Since they fall randomly and continuously to the surface of our world there are thousands out there to recover. All these meteorites that fell […]

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Meteorite Falls – Why Are Some Meteorites A Fall?

Meteorite Falls – Why Are Some Meteorites A Fall?

The term Fall is used to describe a meteorite event which is witnessed with pieces being recovered soon after.  In February of 2013 the world got a wake up call from space as a 12,000-13,000 metric tons asteroid plunged into the atmosphere. It was traveling in excess of 40,000 miles per hour. When it exploded […]

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Meteorites Past and Present.

Meteorites Past and Present.

Meteorites are pieces of rock and metal that have been falling to Earth throughout history. The scars of large impacts can still be seen as craters on Earth’s surface. Humans have a long and rich association with meteorites going back thousands of years. The Bible describes rains of stones and the metal found in meteorites […]

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Finding Meteorites

Finding Meteorites

Finding meteorites requires a lot of knowledge and a little bit of luck. Meteorites come in all sizes, shapes and types. It is a big topic, so these are just the basics. Meteorites usually have nickel-iron metal in them and will stick to a powerful rare earth magnet or set off a signal with a […]

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Before Meteorites Land

Before Meteorites Land

Meteorites are a fascinating topic of study. However, there is a great amount of science fiction misinformation swirling around. Every other week or so for the next several months I will be writing articles on as many meteorite related topics as I can think of for our Meteorites 101 course for the beginning enthusiast. So […]

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Meteorites from Mars

Meteorites from Mars

Unlike the meteorites which have been determined to have come from the Moon. Those from Mars have not had that determination made by comparing them to other actual samples. No sample return missions have yet been seen to Mars. So how do we know that Martian meteorites are truly from the Red Planet. While we […]

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Meteorite Shower vs Meteor Shower

Meteorite Shower vs Meteor Shower

Meteor Shower, Meteorite Shower six of one half a dozen of the other. Well not really. Meteor Showers are great fun to observe in the night sky as bits of comet dust the size of sand grains and small seeds scream through the upper atmosphere. But it is just a light show. Meteorite Shower refers […]

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