The Ultimate Prop: A Real Meteorite

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  1. bcgd

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    That's right. It's called a Sikhote-Alin, iron meteorite and this little guy has quite the history. It was part of the largest fall recorded in history. On February 23, 1947 at 10:30am it fell from the clear blue sky along with an estimated 23,000 kilos of debris. The smoke trail was seen from 300km. Its twisted shape is common in violent breakups.

    It's composed of molten iron and nickel and weighs just over 31grams. It's got some heft for its size.

    So how did I get it? Well on a recent trip to Northern California my wife dragged me into yet another jewelry store. The owner seeing I was bored out of my skull called me over to a display case. It's was filled with what looked like molten metal or slag. He took out a piece about the size of a tennis ball and handed it to me. I just about dropped it not expecting the weight it packed. It was then he told me what it was. I was totally blown away. I knew instantly I had to have one. I pulled up a stool and he proceeded to give me a brief geology/history lessons on the piece as well as others he had from the same fall ranging in size from a thimble to one that was about the size of a REAL big potato that went for $23k. Guess which one this ain't.

    I can't begin to describe the feeling of holding it knowing it was not made by man or earth but the heavens. It's real mind blower. :eek
     
  2. Mike J.

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  3. AndySertin

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    That's really sweet, I remember wanting one soon after seeing it Jasper or Banff, thing was soooo very expensive though... I remember reading that any rock from space runs near 1K per pound.... Sound right to you guys?
     
  4. juno

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  5. p0sitr0nic

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    I own a tectite, which they believe is a piece of the moon turned to glassish goo by the atmosphere,t then resolidified... its not as cool as starmetal, but ... its all i have...
     
  6. bcgd

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    Nah. It does depend on the fall it's from, composition, and rarity. In the iron variety like mine shape adds value as well as orientation (how it fell). Ones with holes can go for big bucks. Currently ones like mine go for $3.54 a gram.
     
  7. gjustis

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    Actually, a tektite forms when a meteorite strikes the surface of the earth with enough velocity to "fuse together" the mineral components of both the meteorite and the earth itself. It's like a little piece of earth-space-glass. :)

    My "better half" and I are actually in the planning stages of an online mineral and meteorite mini-shop....in case anyone's interested. ;) We'll have whole specimens, as well as cross-sected pieces. Much emphasis on meteorites and geodes, as those are what I, personally, enjoy collecting.

    It's interesting to note that, in many cases, the mineral composition of the meteorite creates gemmy crystal areas within the piece....a cross section sometimes reveals this crystal structure, and you can shine a light through the segment. Fairly cool, IMO.

    bcgd - Very cool piece. It's amazing to know that the meteorite you're holding is, indeed, a fragment of another part of the universe, something outside the grasp of life on earth. Interplanetary collectible, no doubt.
     
  8. bcgd

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  9. Betamin

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    Cool. There is a junk shop down at my old hometown that I need to check out the next time I'm there. They have fossils and assorted other stuff there, and most likely would have meteorites there. Next time I'm down, I think I'll see if they have anything...
     
  10. slave1pilot

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    Does it have a "space peanut" ?
    :D
     
  11. hydin

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    cool....

    i have a few actual "meteor rocks" in the collection, and bought my mom (astronomy nut) a few over the last couple of years. nothing says "easy gift" better than "hey mom, this came from outer space." for her :lol

    still trying to figure out when we are gonna find a green crystalline one :lol

    i love these things. its just.... cool to have something that isnt actually from "this world". when i got my first one, i remember feeling claustrophobic all of a sudden, because no matter what i did, i would forever be stuck on this planet. it was a strange (and freaky) thing to realize.

    my favorite pieces so far have got to be tektites. its just, awesome to think this stuff (some of it anyway) got flung up into orbit, then came BACK down to smack into the planet. its like a double layered meteorite. we have small explosions, and big explosions (think atom bomb tests), but i have yet to see a man made explosion that flung anything into orbit that wasnt attached to a rocket booster at the time. it kinda sinks home the idea that whatever cause it to get smacked that damned hard had to be a: REALLY dense and heavy, and b: REALLY fast moving.

    its cool, yet humbling. kinda a strange feeling to have about a rock. just think, that specimen you have is rarer than diamonds ;), probably a hell of a lot cheaper too :lol

    odd note/fact. jim bowie (the guy who made the knife famous) was rumored to have his knife made out of meteoric iron. nifty :)

    chris
     
  12. SITHcamaro

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    Dude, that guy just sold you some burnt up molded jewelry that he goofed on. :lol
    j/k Cool. Now if only we could get our hands on moon rocks.
     
  13. gjustis

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    Yup, that's the stuff.

    Pretty cool, eh?
     
  14. acerocket

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    As a wedding gift, my wife gave me a watch with a Gibeon meteorite face (and a titanium case and band). For our first anniversary, I got the matching Gibeon meteorite ring. I have a few other very small meteorite samples as well as a piece of Mars and the Moon. The Mars and Moon pieces are very small and very expensive. If you do a google search you can usually find someone who is selling tiny mounted pieces of them. Not much to look at but the wow factor when you tell someone it is from the Moon or Mars is great.
     
  15. tripoli

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    I have quite a collection. Been collecting them since the early 80's when I first read in discovery magazine about Robert Haag traveling around the world like Indiana Jones looking for meteorites. I am a local school as well a NASA regional resource educator on them. :)
    I have about 30 different fall samples as well a lunar meteorite. Fun to talk about them and see someones reaction as they realize they are holding something from space virtually unchanged for billions of years in their hands.
     
  16. Lukes Roommate

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    This is some very cool stuff.
     
  17. Kylash

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    My uncle once made a samurai sword tsuba out of a cut and detailed meteorite he spent close to $3,000 on. Crazy guy.
     
  18. bcgd

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    The guy I bought it from is friends with Haag and gave me an autographed copy of Haag's book. You're right about the reaction of people. Yesterday at work I handed it to people and then told them what it was. The look on there faces was great.

    The guy at the store was right. There's a magical quality in these things that makes you want more. Now I want to get one from Calcalong Creek and one from the fall in Tatahouine (of course). :)
     
  19. tripoli

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    Definitely get the three different types, a pallisite for a stony-iron, Gibeon or Meteor Crater AZ etched is cool to have and inexpensive for irons and Murchison is definitely a great rock as it predates our solar system for a carbonaceous stone. The ones named are avaiable in high enough quantities making them cheaper to get.
     
  20. teecrooz

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    Chris, you should look into getting some moldavite.
     
  21. Qui-Gonzalez

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    I, for one, would love to see pics of that. Pester your uncle,you tease.
     
  22. gjustis

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    EDIT: Whooooop....read that name wrong....my mistake. :lol Moldavite is a tektite, regardless of the many folks that think otherwise.

    I've got a couple that I can snap some pics of, if I can get my %*@ digicam to work...
     
  23. bcgd

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    My wife has a necklace with a moldavite piece on it. It was purchased at the same place I got my meteorite. Word is that it's getting scarce so the value of existing pieces will be going up.
     
  24. TReinman

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    Hey. Cool thread.

    A few years backÂ… (Like 12.) There was a catalog that was mainly for museums to buy from. Well, they sold not-so-expensive ones and of course REALLY expensive ones too.

    Well, I got a rather large hunk of the meteorite that made the giant Arizona crater. About 3 inches across. Iron and nickel. And very heavy, I show people and purposely drop it into their hands and watch their expression as they catch it. (I'm ready in case they drop itÂ…)

    Bethany Sciences. That's the name. They were really nice too. I remember submitting for X number of grams and they didn't have that exact weight, so they gave me the next bigger sized one for the same price, and it was significantly bigger.

    Very cool. I got a little bell-jar to cover it.

    -- Tim
     
  25. TReinman

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  26. gjustis

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    It's an interesting field currently....the market for meteorites is, of late, taking off (badoom ping.), so much appreciation to come for quality specimens.

    I tracked down a couple of smaller (dime-sized) green tektites (moldavite) in the mess of my new apt, in case anyone's interested in snagging some "real" kryptonite.... :)
     
  27. Boba Debt

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    This thread has ignited a childhood dream of mine.

    I always wanted a Meteorite but never knew you could buy them.

    I have spent the past week doing a lot of research and I just might buy a 2" Gibeon Sphere from The Universal Collection.

    According to the owner, Ron, they only carry the best spheres which makes them kind of pricey.

    To those of you that own "pricey" meteorites, do you have a long term connection to it or them, or did it fade quickly?

    Do you regret having bought it or do you still enjoy it?
     
  28. gjustis

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Boba Debt @ Apr 23 2006, 08:00 PM) [snapback]1231798[/snapback]</div>
    Dropped a reply PM about the 2" sphere......that price is way over-the-top. We'll hook you up, gibeon-style, for less.....or w/ a larger, better piece. ;)

    Sorry if you called and I missed it.....my cell's been on the fritz..... :rolleyes
     
  29. Boba Debt

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    Well I jumped in with both feet and bought a 2" Gibeon Sphere from The Universal Collection for what I consider to be a great price, I also bout a 2" Chondrite Sphere and both will come with a gold plated 6" caliper display.

    They have a 30 day no questions asked refund policy and a lifetime trade up agreement, basically if you want a larger specimen they will let you trade up and give you credit for the full price of the one that you originally bought.


    I would rather not disclose the price but this little fellow sold on eBay for $283.

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    It's about 1" in diameter and sold for $5.54 per gram.

    The sphere I bought weighs over 500 grams and at that price would be worth $2771 and I paid A LOT less then that :)

    Heres the auction:

    Gibeon Auction
     
  30. gavidoc

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    Dang,

    And I thought my piece of Parthenon marble was cool and unique. :confused

    I collect weird things like that. Berlin wall fragment, Mt. St. Helens fragment, olive tree twig from Garden of Gethsemane, and now I want a piece of meteor.

    A piece of Mars or the Moon would be really cool.
     
  31. TReinman

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    Boba Debt, I love my hunk of the Canyon Diablo meteorite. Granted, it's one of the least expensive ones, so that's why I have a larger chunk. And I bought it years ago.

    Gav. Same strange tastes here too. I chipped off a piece of the Berlin Wall myself. Right place/Right timeÂ…

    And another example, my siblings and I created a company called "A Piece of the Field" which bottled and packaged dirt from Tiger Stadium and Comerica Park. I love AUTHENTIC things.

    -- Tim
     
  32. SithLord

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    I have two samples from Dhofar 019, the martian meteorite....had the sample's identities actually confirmed through Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT...I take my "props" seriously :p
     
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    I received my meteorites today and I must say I was quite impressed.

    Here is my Gibeon Nickel-Iron Sphere.

    It is 1.930" in diameter and weighs 488 grams or 1.07 pounds

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    This is my NWA 868 Chondrite Sphere

    It is 1.803" in diameter and weighs 177 grams or .39 pounds


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    The only slight issue I have is the size of the Chondrite Sphere, I wanted them to be closer in diameter and .130" (1/8") makes the Chondrite look noticeably smaller.

    However, The Universal Collection has a trade up policy so when they get a sphere in that is closer to 1.930" I can trade up to it :)
     
  35. acerocket

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    Pretty sweet. The Gibeon has a nice etching pattern. I really like the little stands to hold the spheres.
     
  36. gjustis

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    FANTASTIC pieces....a very cool combination of styles.

    The chondrite piece has that "lunar" look.....so cool. :D
     
  37. Boba Debt

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    I am pretty excited about this hobby. I just had a guy cut and a nice peice of Brahin, which is a pallasite


    It's 2" x 2" x 1/8" and weighs 51 grams or .112 pounds

    The sides looked bowed but he assures me they aren't, it's just photographic distortion.


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  38. tripoli

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    Nice display pieces to have, starting out with great samples of the three different types out there. :)
     
  39. Boba Debt

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(tripoli @ May 1 2006, 03:00 AM) [snapback]1236190[/snapback]</div>


    Thanks


    It's like Christmas here, I just received a 1900 gram Campo,

    It's about 3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches


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  40. recoil

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    I have a piece of a meteorite that I found while clear cutting some land for my brothers house a few years back. I had not thought much about it until this thread. I'll have to take a few pics of it and post it.
     
  41. Boba Debt

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(recoil @ May 1 2006, 10:39 PM) [snapback]1236609[/snapback]</div>


    Do you mind if I ask where you found it, I can investigate to see if there is an official field in the area



    Here is a picture of my humble but growing collection

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  42. gjustis

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  43. Boba Debt

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    You should do very well with that, whole Gibeons are getting scarce


    Luckily, I like the slices, which are more affordable.

    I recently bought a 94 gram full slice of Toluca on ebay and I cut it down to a 50mm square, which is my target size.

    Then I re-etched it and I'm very happy with the results

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  44. gjustis

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    True enough.....we've got several pieces to be auctioned over the next few wks, pallasites and tektites included. B)
     
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    This is a fascinating and really informative thread. I had never considered owning a chunk of the cosmos -until now.

    Thanks for adding another item to my list of must-haves, its really not at all long enough :D
     

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