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#1 burb scope

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 09:28 AM

Posting this for a friend in my astronomy club.

A very nice 90+ year old lady in his church told him of her moving to farm property maybe 50+ years ago.  They could not farm a small section because of the "furrow" and disturbed earth in that area.  (This is in Western Michigan).

She gave away some pieces, but she and my friend photographed this large piece.  Almost 10" along one axis.

It sure does not look like a typical Michigan glacially deposited rock to me.

OK, says I, sounds like it could possibly be a meteorite.

I do not see a fused surface, but it looks pretty broken up anyway.

They revisited the site recently, but no one was home to ask permission to look closer.  (but they did anyway).

I would like them to document her story, pinpoint the location , take site photographs, and notify a local university to conduct a study.

If anyone would care to look at the attached photographs and make a few comments I / we would appreciate it.

 

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 09:30 AM

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 09:34 AM

Meteorite or BFR?

 

The surface looks like iron oxide, but hard to tell if it is such. Is it magnetic? Any idea of the density?



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Posted 31 August 2018 - 10:15 AM

To save you time its NO meteorite!

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 10:17 AM

1st thing would be check for rebar. That could either indicate recent earth epoch or Kryptonian origin, if the rebar is extruded kryptonite.



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Posted 31 August 2018 - 10:32 AM

Definitely not a meteorite.  It would not have the pourous structure.  More likely it is left over slag from smelting or similar activity.  Which part of Western Michigan?  I live in the northern part of the area and have seen this same stuff.



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Posted 31 August 2018 - 11:00 AM

 It's a conversation piece, suitable for shelf display with a card that reads, "Meteor-maybe?". Over the decades I've discovered lots of those and still have a few. tongue2.gif



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Posted 31 August 2018 - 11:53 AM

1st thing would be check for rebar. That could either indicate recent earth epoch or Kryptonian origin, if the rebar is extruded kryptonite.

I was asking a serious question.



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Posted 31 August 2018 - 11:56 AM

Definitely not a meteorite.  It would not have the pourous structure.  More likely it is left over slag from smelting or similar activity.  Which part of Western Michigan?  I live in the northern part of the area and have seen this same stuff.

I did not have my hands on this.  Slag?  Interesting possibility.  It does look fairly "crumbly" in the images.



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Posted 31 August 2018 - 02:45 PM

It's almost certainly not a meteorite. It does bring to mind the general appearance of a severely weathered iron, but the 'spongey' texture probably rules that out. Meteorites are not magnetic, but many are attracted in varying degrees to a magnet, which simply indicates the presence of iron. Testing for nickel would go a long way to ruling out terrestrial origin. The image here is a 164g Wolf Creek, (Australia), iron specimen, highly weathered, and although it's almost entirely oxidized, the surface lacks the porous appearance of yours.       Lee

 

1000- 164g Wolf Creek comp.jpg


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 05:01 PM

Agree with Lee and the others. It's cool meteorwrong, but I highly doubt it is a meteorite.

 

Here is a good link to compare rocks to meteorites :

 

http://meteorites.wu...eteorwrongs.htm

 

Best regards,

 

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 05:12 PM

Agree with Lee and the others. It's cool meteorwrong, but I highly doubt it is a meteorite.

 

Here is a good link to compare rocks to meteorites :

 

http://meteorites.wu...eteorwrongs.htm

 

Best regards,

 

MikeG

Meteorwrong - now THAT was funny!



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Posted 02 September 2018 - 09:05 AM

Agree with Lee and the others. It's cool meteorwrong, but I highly doubt it is a meteorite.

 

Here is a good link to compare rocks to meteorites :

 

http://meteorites.wu...eteorwrongs.htm

 

Best regards,

 

MikeG

Meteorwrongs...great silliness!

 

As a mechanic, we had a saying for when you weren't exactly sure about an adjustment,

"Don't use Lever A...Lever B!"


Edited by Dynan, 02 September 2018 - 09:06 AM.


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Posted 02 September 2018 - 12:57 PM

Thank you all for your information!  At least the nice elderly lady has had a nice story all these years, and had kindled an interest in astronomy.  (She was at our public viewing recently).


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Posted 02 September 2018 - 01:09 PM

The hands on experience is important. I used to bring a 12kg iron meteorite to public nights at a local observatory. Being used to Hubble pics and modern graphics, many people were underwhelmed by most telescopic views, but the chunk of iron that could be actually touched never failed to impress.

 

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 05:20 PM

I was asking a serious question.

Considering the photos that you posted, of an object of clearly non-meteoric origin, none of us would have guessed that. tongue2.gif


Edited by Astroman007, 11 September 2018 - 05:27 PM.



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