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On the road: Meteorites at the 2013 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
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Fri, Feb 15 2013
Geoff Notkin on the California fireball
Check out this movie I shot on Friday at the Northeast Astro Imaging Conference (NEAIC) in Suffern, New York. It features Geoff Notkin of the TV show Meteorite Men on the Science Channel talking about the April 22 meteorite that was widely witnessed in the west and fell in Northern California. [captionimage...
Wed, May 2 2012
I love my new microscope!
A short time ago, I acquired a beautiful new microscope, and I’ve been having lots of fun with it. I plan on sharing quite a few things I’ll do with it over the coming months. I’ve had a variety of microscopes over the years, several of them handed down to me from my Dad, who is a retired...
Mon, Apr 2 2012
More Perseids from Ohio
A few days ago, I shared an image of some Perseid meteors captured by John Chumack at his observatory near Dayton, Ohio. Although the Moon was very close to Full and, therefore, the conditions hardly ideal this year, observers did catch quite a few Perseids over the past several days, and I hope you...
Tue, Aug 16 2011
An impressive Georgia bolide
On Friday evening, May 20, observers in Georgia and Alabama witnessed a spectacular fireball blazing across their sky — a 6-foot-diameter (2 meters) chunk of asteroid or comet whizzing in at high velocity and creating an enormous flash. This happens from time to time, and, fortunately, NASA’s...
Tue, May 24 2011
Dawn spacecraft motors toward asteroid Vesta
There’s exciting news from the solar system — NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which is set to orbit the asteroid 4 Vesta, has captured images of the big rock on its approach. The photos, released today, show the asteroid, which measures 330 miles (530 kilometers) across, as a small disk from...
Wed, May 11 2011
Not so fast, New York Times
On April 4, 2011, the New York Times ran a story called “ Black-Market Trinkets from Space ” in which writer William J. Broad lashed out at amateur meteorite collectors and dealers for practicing their hobby. “An illegal sales market has boomed” in the wake of increasing interest...
Tue, Apr 26 2011
On the road: The American Museum of Natural History
When in New York the past few days, I spent a great deal of time at the American Museum of Natural History. Among the numerous collections on view at the institution are the specimens in the Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites. I spent a great deal of time in this gallery studying and photographing the collection...
Thu, Apr 21 2011
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