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    This article just came out about my meteorite hunting (no trapping mentined) on May 12 2008. This is my tenth article to date. The last meteorite brought in $250K this one if found will be $50K. Why settle for anything less?

    http://www.the-daily-record.com/news/article/3777711


    Searching for meteorite in Wooster area Rittman man says space rocks increasing in value because they are so hard to find

    May 12, 2008
    Photo By Adam Burroughs
    Finding a meteorite is like finding a needle in a haystack — or like finding a fist-size rock in a multi-acre field, as Rick Nowak illustrates.

    ADAM BURROUGHS
    Staff Writer
    RITTMAN -- Rick Nowak of Rittman has an interesting entrepreneurial endeavor: He hunts rocks -- from outer space.
    "Even though I love the meteorites, I'm really motivated by the monetary aspect," he said.
    Nowak is a professional meteorite hunter, to use his own words, and he said since the space race of the 1950s and 60s, the value of a meteorite has gone up considerably.
    "They just keep moving up in price because of the time and effort to find them (sometimes hundreds of hours)," he said.
    By studying meteorites, he said, chemists, metaloligists and other scientists can understand deep space and further our understanding of the universe.
    "Some meteorites are older than the earth itself," he said, which is why the scientific community, particularly colleges and universities, buy them.
    They are very rare, he said, "Unless you know what you're doing, you're not going to find one. (You're) more likely to find gold than a meteorite."
    Nowak had his story publicized about five years ago when he set out to find a 400-pound meteorite that had landed in Plymouth, Ind.
    A meteorite on earth was reported to the Yale Review in the 1880s. A farmer found a part of an unusual rock and submitted it to a natural history museum in New York. A gentleman from the museum came out to Plymouth, did his investigation and reported his findings to the Yale Review. Nowak said he followed the report to Indiana and found the 400-pound iron meteorite called the Plymouth Meteorite, which he extracted and has left in an undisclosed farm house in the area.
    Now Nowak is after one in Wooster.
    The meteorite was found in 1858 by Peter Smith, he said, and was tested in Philadelphia by the United States Mint. Its current whereabouts are unknown.
    "It's speculation that the meteorite could be in the Wooster area because Peter Smith was from Wooster and the meteorite was recovered from Wooster. I speculate it is in Wooster."
    It is all iron, he said, and should still be all black. However, if it were cleaned it would be silver in color. He figures it is 50 pounds and shaped like a bowling ball.
    Parts of the Wooster meteorite can be found at the Chicago Field Museum, he said, which "establishes the meteorite was found, that there's credibility to the story and we're not wasting our time here; it just got lost in history."
    Nowak said the meteorite could be in the city, lying in a field somewhere, or passed down in the family.
    He said if he found the family in possession of the meteorite he could help them understand its value and they might work with him to broker the meteorite, he said.
    "People should be wary of entering a market they don't know anything about, he said, "I have knowledge in this field." He said he would ask 10 percent as compensation for his services as a broker.
    "There is very little competition, most people feel we are playing with dumb rocks," Nowak said.
    In general, he said, the values range from $5,000 to $10,000 for a 5- to 8-pound stony iron meteorite, to $2,500 per gram for a lunar meteorite.
    Michael Hansen, Senior Geologist at the Division of Geological Survey at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said specimens are brought in regularly.
    "People find unusual rocks and think they're meteorites and bring them in," he said, though in his 30 years with the department, he's never had someone bring in a genuine meteorite. He said he gets about a dozen claims each year.
    When someone brings in what they think is a meteorite, Hansen runs it through some simple tests. He tests to see if it's magnetic and inspects its physical characteristics; looking for a blackened crust earned as it passes through the atmosphere, and regmaglypts, or "thumbprints," caused by the different composite metals melting or not melting as it burns.
    If it passes initial tests, Hansen said he recommends the person send it to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., where specialists in the field will put it through more rigorous tests.
    Though there is no formal registration process for meteorites, scientists will catalogue the finding, staking their reputation on the claim that the piece is authentic and increasing the value of the piece both scientifically and monetarily.
    There are basically two markets for meteorites, Hansen said: The academic market and the private market, though some people may choose to keep the rock for the novelty.
    He said museums may have an interest in purchasing the meteorite, but it depends on the rarity of the piece and how much money is available for such purchases.
    The commercial market, especially with the advent of eBay, is more competitive, he said.
    "From dealing in meteorites," Nowak said, "I've made a couple thousand dollars, but haven't really cashed in. I'm looking to establish a collection then sell it."
    If a meteorite is found, Nowak suggests the person go to the state geologist who will treat the find as that person's property and will inspect and verify the meteorite for free. Parts may have to be sent away, which won't be returned, and it could take several months to get results back.

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    If anyone can tell me how you "trap a meteorite" I would be very impressed and give you a job............Thank God their are many ways to millionaire heaven, just think a bunch of rocks are going to help me make a million.............

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    Steve Arnold found a million dollar meteorite back in 2005
    http://www.worldrecordmeteorite.com/news.htm


    THE WORLD'S LARGEST ORIENTED PALLASITE
    WORLD RECORD METEORITE IN THE NEWS
    HOME PHOTOS THE STORY MEDIA OWN A PIECE OF THE BRENHAM METEORITE NEWS CONTACT

    News of Steve Arnold's spectacular find was first made public on November 9, 2005. Television stations in Wichita, Kansas were notified, followed by local press. Kansas TV featured Steve as the lead story that evening. The Associated Press picked up the story, which captured the fascination of the country. Steve was interviewed on the NBC "Today" show, and the Discovery Channel. The media dubbed the 1,400-lb pallasite the "Million Dollar Meteorite" and it was covered by USA Today, MSNBC.com, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Houston Chronicle, and hundreds of other newspapers and news sites from Kansas to Australia. The meteorite was displayed at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, and the Afton Observatory where it was seen by hundreds of enthusiastic visitors.
    Here are links to some current features on the Million Dollar Meteorite:
    MSNBC.com Space News
    Discovery Channel "Daily Planet"
    Wichita Eagle front page feature
    Sky and Telescope
    The Million Dollar Space Rock is expected to appear at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in January and February, 2006. Other news features and articles are in the works, as well as a documentary film. Meanwhile, the 3/4-ton visitor from outer space is in a secure facility in San Antonio, Texas. Please see our contact page for further information.

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    It's a really big mstery on how he knew where to look, the area was picked clean back in the 1800's.

    My hunch is he did a ..........................

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    How you "trap" a meteorite is with pictures or videos. In the case of the one over New Mexico May 12 2008 we have two stations on a camera network catching the event:


    [h2]Event Details[/h2]
    • Database event number: 21839
    • Camera site: 2
    • Camera name: Guffey (map)
    • Camera description: Guffey Community Charter School
    • Camera coordinates: N38.749550 W105.521467
    • Camera altitude: 2713 meters
    • Total events for this site: 4994
    • Event time: 2008-05-12 02:23:10 MDT
    • Image coordinates: (0.453,0.743) - (0.372,0.749)
    • Azimuth: 352.2 - 335.0
    • Altitude: - - -
    • Approximate duration: 0.5 seconds (15 video frames)
    • Fireball: Yes
    • Comments:
    [h2]Event Details[/h2]
    • Database event number: 21839
    • Camera site: 2
    • Camera name: Guffey (map)
    • Camera description: Guffey Community Charter School
    • Camera coordinates: N38.749550 W105.521467
    • Camera altitude: 2713 meters
    • Total events for this site: 4994
    • Event time: 2008-05-12 02:23:10 MDT
    • Image coordinates: (0.453,0.743) - (0.372,0.749)
    • Azimuth: 352.2 - 335.0
    • Altitude: - - -
    • Approximate duration: 0.5 seconds (15 video frames)
    • Fireball: Yes
    • Comments:
    Source:http://www.cloudbait.com/index.php

    I don't know anyone that lives in Texas besides Capt Bill who treasure hunts with his jeep and wire us reports from the field at Treasure Net

    http://www.treasurenet.com/

    Capt Bill will go out once all the data comes in............


    Ye hawwwwwwwwww

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    Hot dammmmmmmmmm. Another station is reporting in on the May 12 2008 meteor

    http://www.heliotown.com/Fireballs_M..._Ashcraft.html

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    They are now having a problem trapping the meteor of May 12 2008

    Only one station caught the event (strange things went on at that time)and think the meteor came down in Southwest Kansas...................

    Capt Bill is now ready to head to Kansas.................

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