Quick...make an offer for the dog! Thanks for the interesting update/report.
Graham Ensor UK ---- mexicod...@aim.com wrote: > Hello from Sunny Texas, under clear and starry-eyed skies at the moment, > > A few stones were found right at the time of the fall, however, they > were not definitively identified as meteorites - though that was the > suspicion and they were saved. > > We (Doug Dawn, Dmitry Sadilenko, Sergey Petukov) drove across the > country and estimated the location of the strewn field within 48 hours > of the event. With a bit of tenacity, scarcely four hours after the > second day, thanks to the help of some Texas-sized hospitality, we > arrived in the strewn field and found our first couple of stones and I > had the distinct pleasure of shaking the finders hand and removing any > lingering doubts in his mind that he had meteorites fresh from Heaven's > farm. > > After the initial success, my good friend and asteroidhunter, Rob > Matson of Los Angeles, joined up with the team. We have found some > stones, but more are being found by others, and we really expect larger > masses to be found, though hard work in the field definitely gets you > wondering if just because such a meteoritical spectacle drops one > stone, should it drop the thousands we keep expecting to see? The TKW > is rapidly evolving, but the area is being hit quite hard by hunters > already. This doesn't seem to be a dense fall, and some areas are very > easy to search, though bramble in other areas effectively keeps those > off limits. All land is private and most families keep their gun > collections well oiled. In our case, the big-hearts of the landowners > have humbled easily as much as the witness reports of the bolide's > fragmenting itself. This is at odds with some other reports, only > because residents of the area treasure their privacy and were > completely overwhelmed by the wave of treasure hunters that descended. > We almost lost our permission to hunt when they believed that we were > somehow responsible for several meteorite hunters showing up with a > news crews. Besides being quite busy, I promised to respect the > anonymity of our hosts as a condition of our search, and this evening > we reaped the benefits of a delicious home-cooked dinner prepared by > the caring hands of our hosts at their dinner table. There is a great > Texas steakhouse on I-35 which adds to the flavor for anyone wanting to > experience Texas culture, cowboys and pretty cowgirls from West, TX. > > It has been an incredible last few days, which started by being the > first to walk in a virgin strewn field, though my mother had some > problems (she seems better now) that have somewhat muted what will > undoubtedly be some of the most memorable moments of my life. It is way > past bedtime and I will post more tomorrow. The meteorite itself is > moderately to highly shocked and has a very bright, light, interior and > veins of troilite and nodules of metal, and the majority of stones > found are fully fusion crusted. More on the classification on Saturday. > We certainly were not in a mass-laden portion of the strewn field, > other hunters please take note; more likely just a place where a minor > fragmentation impacted. In any case, we are committed to getting the > science done so everyone else can rest assured that we have already > gladly provided the mass requirements necessary for this honor. > > All in all, a very humbling experience for many reasons. To pick up a > piece of a falling star and I thought, detect a faint sulfurous odor. > It seems a dog even caught the scent of a meteorite and laid it down on > the owners porch! > > Best wishes and clear skies > Doug > > > -----Original Message----- > From: Pat Branch <pat_bra...@yahoo.com> > To: drtan...@yahoo.com; Global Meteor Observing Forum > <meteor...@meteorobs.org> > Sent: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 9:28 am > Subject: Re: (meteorobs) West, Texas meteorite finds > > > The University of North Texas Astronomers have found 4 so far. I saw a > video clip of them. The biggest is about 3 times the others...just > about palm sized. > > I think that is 4 for Farmer and 4 for UNT. I have not heard of other > teams finding anything. > > > --- In meteor...@yahoogroups.com, drtanuki <drtan...@...> wrote: > > > > Dear List, > > Here are the latest reports from the West, Texas fall. > > > > http://lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com/ > > > > Best Regards, Dirk Ross...Tokyo > > _______________________________________________ > ______________________________________________ > http://www.meteoritecentral.com > Meteorite-list mailing list > Meteoritefirstname.lastname@example.org > http://six.pairlist.net/mailman/listinfo/meteorite-list ______________________________________________ http://www.meteoritecentral.com Meteorite-list mailing list Meteoriteemail@example.com http://six.pairlist.net/mailman/listinfo/meteorite-list