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Has anyone found any meteorites on their quest for rocks?
I seen one falling over sylva nc on 2/11/08 at around 9:20pm.
I was not able to visibly follow it due to these big things called mountains. Anyway I am very intrigued by space stuff..
I think that it would be very cool to have one on display in my living room.

Jack Cole


This Meteorites is from Oregon, 11.5 Lbs. The base stand is 4 inches across
jay bates
Rick it helps to look in places where they are easier to spot like Anarctica and dry lake beds.

Jack that is a huge meteorite. Did you find it?
Jack Cole

Jay, No.

A good Lady friend owns the space debris.

Her husband found it in Oregon around 1915.

Location is know only to use three !

Jim Adams
Hey Guys,
Two summers ago I found this piece of what I thought might be meteorite 'impactite' in the field behind our house. After doing some research, I came to the conclusion that it was "Bog Iron".

Now after seeing Jack's pictures I'm not so sure. The material looks quite similar to Jack's photo, and the bubbly structure inside the broken end would suggest that it endured considerable heat. Any opinions?
Bob Harman
This is a rather popular question. While this is an old thread, I thought I might respond to it, maybe just to reignite some interest.

Lots of field collectors dream of finding a meteorite, but in reality very very few have been found by collectors with the vast number of pictured examples being correctly identified as "meteor wrongs"   Other than in the vicinity of well known impact sites such as the Arizona site, numbers of random finds, in most states, can generally be counted on the fingers of 1 hand.   Unfortunately many folks continue to believe they have found one even after they have repeatedly been told "no". And, to complicate matters, some "expert" ID's have just not been correct.

Watching a meteor streak across the sky means it is fragmenting, burning up and vaporizing so don't expect to track it down as it probably never landed.

If the type of meteorite is one of the iron types, then hunting with a metal detector might help a bit, but not much. Your best bet is then to hunt with a metal detector in the vicinity of a known impact site. Even then don't bet on finding much.    In other random areas, casual collectors will get struck by lightning more often than finding a meteorite.  

Buying certified meteorites on line has been covered on another thread. Suffice it here to again say buy from a well respected dealer otherwise "buyer beware".          BOB
Bob Harman
I might add an addendum as several points went unsaid in my previous post.

First of all, while finding a meteorite might theoretically be easier in Antarctica, in reality it is next to impossible.    Getting there as a tourist is possible, but very expensive, and getting off the tourist ship will not be possible. By multinational treaty, the whole continent of Antarctica is a research laboratory and numerous permits are needed just to step onto the continent. Then, once there, removal of anything is forbidden without additional research permits. 

However not all is lost!   Every day (or every year???) 30,000 tons (!) of space dust falls to earth. Much of the "dust" is meteoric dust. If you really, really want a "meteorite", albeit very small, just put out on your roof some large sticky paper during a clear and dry spell. After several days, some of the micro fragments on the sticky paper will be that meteoric space dust. 

Waalah you now will have a meteorite! BOB
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