[meteorite-list] Richardton Meteorite June 30th 1918

From: Steve Schoner <schoner_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:15:36 GMT
Message-ID: <20190618.101536.24299.0_at_webmail08.dca.untd.com>

With regards to the Beta Taurids, Earth will be passing through one of the denser debris streams on the morning of June 29th, the best since 1975. It will be monitored by astronomers to determine if there are large particles present, large enough to create Tunguska type events. Telescopes will be focused on the moon as any impacts from smaller particles might be visible. Even those back yard astronomers with telescopes and CCD cameras trained on the moon might pick up some of these impacts.

Visual observers of the early morning sky might even spot large fireballs from Beta Taurid meteor stream.

I will be out an hour before sunrise to see any earth grazing meteors from this unusual daylight meteor shower... Hopefully not seeing a Tunguska type event over my head. But it would be very nice to have a meteorite fall in my front yard while I am watching.

Other than the Richardton Meteorite that fell in the evening on the 30th of June, 1918 that could be a member of the Beta Taurids,there might be other meteorites that fell in the last part of June and early July that seemed to come out of the Sun's glare that might be from the Beta Taurids. Something to consider and do some research on.

Here is an interesting article:



---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Steve Schoner" <schoner at mybluelight.com>
To: meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com
Subject: Richardton Meteorite June 30th 1918
Date: Sat, 8 Jun 2019 14:04:53 GMT

The Rickardton Meteorite fall of June 30th, 1918

  The Richardton Meteorite of North Dakota fell at 9:48 PM, and I wonder if this fall could be related to the Beta Taurid meteor shower, thought to be the source for the Tunguska event of June 30th 1908. The Beta Taurids are a daylight meteor shower starting at sunrise here in the United States, lasting throughout the day and then below the horizon at the end of the day. Though improbable, could it be that the Richardton Meteorite is a member of the Beta Taurid meteor stream?

  Trajectory data on the Richardton meteorite could be telling if it came from the south west direction. And I have yet to find any observers that stated the direction from which it came.

  The Richardon meteorite, of which I have samples is very friable and even though it fell a hundred and one years ago, it is the subject of much study even today as it has isotopes that relate to having been close to the Sun, such as what one would expect of the parent body of the Beta Taurids.... Comet Encke. At the end of this month Earth will be in the Encke Beta Taurid meteor stream and astronomers will be studying it to determine if it has masses large enough to create a Tunguska event. And if so, there certainly will be smaller masses that could produce meteorites such as Richardton which fell on June 30th 1918. In fact any meteorite that fell on or around June 30th coming from the south west direction should be further examined to see if they have isotopic properties that one would expect having been close to the Sun.

I have not been on the meteoritelist in some time...In fact many years since I became disabled in 2003, which pretty much eliminated me from hunting meteorites. So, currently I am involved in making petrographic slides, mostly of meteorites (Petroslides.com). If anyone on this list wishes to have thin sections made contact me at: s_schoner at msn.com .
I would like to transition from this antiquated mybluelight e-mail to my petroslides e-mail at the above e-mail address.

Steve Schoner
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Received on Tue 18 Jun 2019 12:15:36 PM PDT

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