Nininger Moments

Nininger Moment #10 How To Recognize Meteorites

Nininger Moment #10 How To Recognize Meteorites

Harvey H. Nininger published a number of papers during his career as both a professor at McPherson College and during his long and distinguished career of meteoritic research. According to the Published Papers of H.H. Nininger, he published a total of 162 papers on meteorites in a 47 year span of time. These papers often […]

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Nininger Moment #11 The Lafayette Meteorite

Nininger Moment #11 The Lafayette Meteorite

Little is known regarding the date and time of this remarkable fall, but the fresh appearance renders it practically certain that it wasn’t on the Earth long before its discovery and recovery before the mechanical abuses of nature took over. A story is told that a black student of Purdue University, Indiana reported that a […]

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Nininger Moment #12 A Classification of the Meteoritic Additions to the Earth

Nininger Moment #12 A Classification of the Meteoritic Additions to the Earth

It is evident that the materials composing a meteorite are widely distributive during the process of its fall to Earth. Some of the material is reduced to the finest powder and probably a considerable portion is transformed into gases. Certainly some of this disintegration begins in some cases, as high up as one hundred miles […]

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Nininger Moment #13 The Eaton, Colorado Meteorite

Nininger Moment #13 The Eaton, Colorado Meteorite

In a paper by Harvey Nininger, is the account and information as well as the conclusion of the Eaton, Colorado fall. The fall was called an entirely new type (copper-zinc-lead) and coordinate with the sideritic variety (nickel-irons). In describing any new and different material, Nininger qualified his opening statement by saying he was aware of […]

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Nininger Moment #14 Nininger Hunting Ideals

Nininger Moment #14 Nininger Hunting Ideals

Harvey Nininger was one of the most successful meteorite hunters of all times. Here are some of his ideas that have been taken out of his great book “Find A Falling Star”. Meteorites are where you find them. Many people had suggested that looking for meteorites in areas where rocks are abundant might be a […]

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Nininger Moment #15 The Plainview, Texas Fall Part 1

Nininger Moment #15 The Plainview, Texas Fall Part 1

In 1915 a Texan sent a sample in to the Smithsonian Institution which turn out to be a new find. Up until that time only 22 meteorites had been found in the whole United States that had not been see to fall. The man was paid and asked to try to search the area for […]

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Nininger Moment #16 The Planeview, Texas Fall Part 2

Nininger Moment #16 The Planeview, Texas Fall Part 2

Harvey Nininger continued his search for specimens the next day after his successful purchase of the 8 pound stone. He and his brother continued hunting for specimens at farm houses and by the days end had over 26 specimens from the area weighing 152 pounds. He paid for these by check that he planned to […]

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Nininger Moment #17 Air Pilots and Meteor Hazards

Nininger Moment #17 Air Pilots and Meteor Hazards

During Nininger’s time a number of air pilots reported having to take evasive steps to prevent collisions with falling meteors. One such newspaper reported an startling account of how a resourceful pilot battled a shower of meteors by making a serious of dips and swerves to avoid the incoming falling meteors saving himself, his eleven […]

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Nininger Moment #18 Nininger the writer

Nininger Moment #18 Nininger the writer

Harvey Nininger started on his long career of meteorites in 1923 when his interests drastically changed from biology to meteorites. In 47 years Harvey published some 162 papers relating to meteorites, notably a number of falls and finds. He was especially good at noting the details of the falls and finds and all the circumstances […]

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Nininger Moment #19 Success And Failures Hunting Meteorites

Nininger Moment #19 Success And Failures Hunting Meteorites

Along with many new found meteorite finds were hundreds of failures that came with the success of meteorite hunting. Nininger stated that with the discovery of new meteorites came the glamour in the minds of many persons that sat on the sidelines watching his adventures. Nininger often had offers from people to help in his […]

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