[meteorite-list] A "guy with meteorites article"

From: M come Meteorite Meteorites <mcomemeteorite2004_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun Oct 30 01:39:04 2005
Message-ID: <20051030063902.72885.qmail_at_web26209.mail.ukl.yahoo.com>

For sure the 2 pieces he have in the hand show in the
photo is 100% not meteorites..I hope he not have see
this is meteorites or is good he not help people with


--- Darren Garrison <cynapse_at_charter.net> ha scritto:

> I don't know about other browsers, but in Windows
> Explorer, the pictures cover half of the text of
> the article. One of the photos shows two "possible
> meteorites". One is an Odessa iron. The other,
> though, is a "stony iron" meteorite found "in his
> yard". That one may or may not be the one that he
> thinks is worth $200.
> When night falls and most folks are thinking about
> retiring to the warmth of their beds, Beech Bluff
> resident Malcolm Wilcox is sitting on his deck
> staring at what he calls a "busy sky."
> "The other night I saw a fireball," he said. "It was
> the biggest I've seen in my life."
> A retiree, Wilcox has taken up a new hobby - sky
> watching.
> In addition to his love for Civil War history,
> Wilcox is an amateur astronomer and has started
> going
> to different sites in West Tennessee to investigate
> meteorites.
> A meteorite is defined as a mass of rock or metal
> that has survived the friction of Earth's
> atmosphere to reach the surface, according to the
> School Discovery Web site.
> Wilcox, 65, treasures a meteorite that he collected
> when he was 16 in Odessa, Texas, in 1956.
> To some, Wilcox's meteorite may look like just any
> old rock.
> But the weight of the jet-black object might just
> turn a skeptic into a believer.
> "Back then, I didn't think anything of it (his
> meteorite), and I traded a lot of them," Wilcox
> said.
> "And now this is my only one like it."
> Sky watchers who are seeking to confirm a meteorite
> may think they could turn to NASA (National
> Aeronautics and Space Administration) for
> confirmation - think again.
> The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is a division
> of NASA, does not travel to confirm meteorite
> strikes.
> "If we did that, we would never get any other work
> done," said D.C. Agle, a JPL spokesman in
> Pasadena, Calif.
> "But if someone finds something they have confidence
> in, they should contact a local science museum
> or university," he said.
> Wilcox uses his telescope at night from his deck to
> watch the activity in the sky. He also keeps a
> Bounty Hunter brand metal detector and magnet on
> wheels handy for when he's out in the field.
> "There's money in meteorites," said Wilcox as he
> held up a Stony Iron meteorite, which he believes
> would be valued at $200.
> He's been researching meteorites for the past six
> months and keeps two meteorite books on hand that
> he calls his "bibles."
> Wilcox believes he's good enough to spot a
> fraudulent meteorite claim by checking for a few key
> factors.
> "Iron and nickel contents are a good sign that it's
> a meteorite," he said. "And if a person sees a
> meteor falling, then there should be a scent of
> sulfur."
> Let the sky watching begin.
> Visit talkback.jacksonsun.com to share your
> thoughts.
> - Tajuana Cheshier, 425-9643
> Originally published October 29, 2005
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