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 […]
Meteorite 101 – Learn About Meteorites
For several years we have wanted to put up a training website of the whole topic of meteorites. Sort of a Meteorites 101 course. So, about every two weeks we will add another installment until we cover all the major aspects of meteorites.
We will look at meteorites in history and their continuing role today and into the future. We will describe and show in photographs the many types of meteorites and what distinguishes each classification. A discussion of the laboratory work that is done on meteorites will hopefully give this author as well as readers a better appreciation for what is involved in professional meteorite research. Impact craters and their role in shaping our world and the danger large bodies in space pose will occupy one installment. Meteorite collecting, and curating should be very helpful to both the new and seasoned meteorite enthusiast. Future meteorite hunters will find some great advice and practical direction in the installment on finding rocks from space.We hope that you will join us as we explore the fascinating and mysterious world 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]