[meteorite-list] Re: Meteorite Contest, Free Gao-Guenie
From: Bob Martino <martino.6_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 10:18:29 2004
Meteorites Are Cool Because.....they are so very, very old.
Meteorites are older than anyone you know. They are older than anything you
own. That priceless antique heirloom that's been passed down in your family
for generations? Meteorites are older. The Great wall of China? Meteorites
are older. The oldest examples of human artifacts like stone tools and cave
paintings? Meteorites are older. The ancient light we see from the Andromeda
Galaxy that's traveled 18 million trillion miles through space to reach our
eyes? Meteorites make that light seem as if it left Andromeda only
yesterday. A mountain range? Meteorites are older. The rocks in the deepest
part of Grand Canyon? Meteorites are older. The continents and the oceans?
The Earth itself (and even the Moon)? Meteorites are older still, by at
least half a billion years.
Some meteorites contain tiny amounts of material that has remained
essentially unchanged since even before the Sun itself formed out of the
pre-solar nebula. Those tiny chondrites sitting inside that ordinary stony
meteorite (one that you can buy for less than a dollar a gram) contain bits
that are far, far older than nearly any star visible to the naked eye in the
nighttime sky. Talk about a connection to the past!
Bob Martino, Tucson, AZ
Can you really name a star? Read the Truth!
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