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(CBC)   Ever wanted to hunt for meteorites? Here's how   (cbc.ca) divider line 9
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2014-03-23 04:19:29 PM
You can use your rain gutters to collect meteorite dust.  Put a really strong magnet in a ziploc bag, put that at the bottom of your downspout, ahead of a rain storm.  Tons of meteoric dust fall from the sky daily; some will land on your roof and get funneled to the rain gutters. The next day, carefully take the bag, and whatever is magnetically attracted to it, indoors and hold the bag over some white paper as you remove the magnet. Iron-bearing dust will fall to the white paper.  Transfer what you gathered to a microscope slide, or just put it on a flatbed document scanner turned up to maximum DPI. Compare what you have, to samples from NASA on the web. Get a blue ribbon at the science fair.

The other version of this is to lay out a tarp in the back yard in such a sway as to create a large funnel, with bagged magnet in the center. Leave it out for 24 hours and finish the experiment as before.
 
2014-03-23 04:19:31 PM
It looks like he's holding a piece of moose poop.

/ Joe Dirt knows about this all to well.
 
2014-03-23 09:15:11 PM

Any Pie Left: You can use your rain gutters to collect meteorite dust.  Put a really strong magnet in a ziploc bag, put that at the bottom of your downspout, ahead of a rain storm.  Tons of meteoric dust fall from the sky daily; some will land on your roof and get funneled to the rain gutters. The next day, carefully take the bag, and whatever is magnetically attracted to it, indoors and hold the bag over some white paper as you remove the magnet. Iron-bearing dust will fall to the white paper.  Transfer what you gathered to a microscope slide, or just put it on a flatbed document scanner turned up to maximum DPI. Compare what you have, to samples from NASA on the web. Get a blue ribbon at the science fair.

The other version of this is to lay out a tarp in the back yard in such a sway as to create a large funnel, with bagged magnet in the center. Leave it out for 24 hours and finish the experiment as before.


Yeah, more like particulates from smelting.

The vast vast majority of meteor(ites) are stoney (non-ferrous), and the iron meteorites that do arrive are less likely to breakup and explode on entry creating this ferrous dust.

Just go diving in Antarctica where the ice breaks off. They pile up there since the ice sheets act like a conveyor belt.
 
2014-03-23 10:14:57 PM
well it'd be nice if it'd freakin RAIN.

Or I could whip up a stardust collecting pool.
 
2014-03-23 11:18:47 PM
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he's like a meteorite.
he can be to your left
or he can be to your right.

/got nuthin
//obscure
 
2014-03-23 11:54:43 PM

madgonad: The vast vast majority of meteor(ites) are stoney


That doesn't make any sense. If that were true, there'd be more than 27,000 stoney meteorites of all sizes in the world's collections exhibiting chondrules which are tiny grains of organic matter that predate the planet itself. You'd have to believe that they found one over 1700 kg in 1976. That's just crazy talk.

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2014-03-24 10:46:08 AM
Hey guys, I'm over here!
\seriously, just at my name on here
 
2014-03-24 03:58:11 PM

meteorite: Hey guys, I'm over here!
\seriously, just at my name on here


Meteorites, not meteorite.

But because I am Subby, I shall randomly grant you a month's TotalFark just for the hell of it,
 
2014-03-24 05:51:50 PM

real_headhoncho: meteorite: Hey guys, I'm over here!
\seriously, just at my name on here

Meteorites, not meteorite.

But because I am Subby, I shall randomly grant you a month's TotalFark just for the hell of it,


Awesome. Thank you!
 
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