Re: [meteorite-list] West, Texas meteorite finds

2009-02-21 Thread mexicodoug

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


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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.


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Dear List,
Here are the latest reports from the West, Texas fall.

http://lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com/

Best Regards, Dirk Ross...Tokyo
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Re: [meteorite-list] West, Texas meteorite finds

2009-02-21 Thread ensoramanda
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
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Re: [meteorite-list] West, Texas meteorite finds

2009-02-21 Thread mail
Nicely done Doug. Thanks for the update. I will be heading there Wednesday and 
you made the wait even harder!!
Best
Matt
Matt Morgan
Mile High Meteorites
http://www.mhmeteorites.com
P.O. Box 151293
Lakewood, CO 80215 USA

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From: mexicod...@aim.com

Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 06:36:11 
To: meteor...@meteorobs.org; Meteorite-list@meteoritecentral.com
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] West, Texas meteorite finds


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
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Re: [meteorite-list] West, Texas meteorite finds

2009-02-21 Thread Norm Lehrman
Doug,

Thanks for your story.  And Mike F., you've been great.  You can't know how 
envious we are, patiently waiting at our post for something to shatter on the 
atmosphere over east Africa.  Just hearing your stories and knowing you guys 
and picturing the search in our minds makes us feel like we've touched 
greatness---

Thanks for sharing.  (But as I have relayed to others privately, the Tucson 
pictures shared by listoids were a bit cruel.  We've missed it for two years 
and it hurts bad---.  But really, thanks for your pics.  The tugs on our 
heartstrings hurt a bit, but they keep us going).

We'll be back.

Cheers (from Tanzania),
Norm  Cookie
(http://tektitesource.com)


--- On Sat, 2/21/09, mexicod...@aim.com mexicod...@aim.com wrote:

 From: mexicod...@aim.com mexicod...@aim.com
 Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] West, Texas meteorite finds
 To: meteor...@meteorobs.org, Meteorite-list@meteoritecentral.com
 Date: Saturday, February 21, 2009, 3:36 AM
 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

[meteorite-list] West, Texas meteorite finds

2009-02-19 Thread drtanuki
Dear List,
  Here are the latest reports from the West, Texas fall.

http://lunarmeteoritehunters.blogspot.com/

Best Regards, Dirk Ross...Tokyo
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