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Here are answers to some of our most frequently
I OWN A METEORITE?
Yes, you can. Private ownership of meteorites is perfectly legal
and it's possible to purchase a quality specimen for as little
as $25. Visit our Meteorite
Men meteorites for sale page for a selection of genuine
space rocks for sale. Geoff of Meteorite Men is president
of Aerolite Meteorites, INC, one of the world's
foremost provider of quality meteorite specimens. You can view
Aerolite's excellent online
meteorite catalog here >>>
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE METEORITE MEN!
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THERE BE MORE EPSIDOES OF METEORITE MEN?
To date, there have been 23 one-hour episodes of Meteorite
Men. The official episode
guide is here. If you'd like to see more episodes
of Meteorite Men, please take a minute to let our networks,
Science and Discovery know, by filling out this Viewer
Feedback form. Our friends at the network welcome viewer comments.
Geoff of MM continues to be very active in television and film.
He won two Emmy Awards for the popular science series STEM
Journals and has appeared on episodes of Globe
Trekker, Richard Hammond's How to Build a Universe,
Ancient Aliens, Shipping Wars, FOX Xploration Outer Space
and many other shows. He is Associate Producer of Philip
K. Dick's Radio Free Albemuth and Executive Producer
of the documentary Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously.
I BUY METEORITE MEN ON DVD?
At present, Science / Discovery have no plans to release Meteorite
Men on DVD. If you would like to see the show on DVD (we
would!), please fill out this Viewer
Feedback form. Our friends at the network welcome viewer comments.
THE METEORITE MEN AVAILABLE FOR PERSONAL APPEARANCES?
Yes, as long as their schedule permits. The Meteorite Men have
made personal appearances at the USA Science and Engineering Fest
on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; National Metal Detecting
Day; at the Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Museum at TCU, Fort Worth;
the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) in New York; the Stellafane
astronomy convention, the Arizona Science & Astronomy Expo,
Science Cafe for the Flandrau Science Center in Tucson; at the
Lunar and Planetary Lab in Tucson; at the annual Tucson gem and
mineral shows, among others. Speaking fees vary depending on the
type of event. Please contact our media director
FOUND A METEORITE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Meteorites are extremely rare. If you think you have found
a meteorite, please read Geoff's illustrated Guide
to Meteorite Identification. Due to our many existing responsibilities
we are not able to accept suspected meteorite specimens for identification,
I GO METEORITE HUNTING WITH YOU?
Yes. We regularly hold meteorite hunting training camps. Please
visit our Meteorite
Adventures website for details.
OWN HUNDREDS OF ACRES, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEARCH MY LAND?
We typically only work in areas where we believe meteorites may
have fallen. Meteorites are so rare that randomly searching new
areas is very unlikely to produce new finds, but thank you for
KIND OF METAL DETECTORS DO YOU USE?
We use a variety of equipment, some of it was manufactured especially
for us and is not available for sale on the retail market. Meteorite
Men has featured F-75 detector manufactured by our friends
at Fisher Labs, as well as the Fisher Gold Bug Pro and the Teknetics
T2. By special arrangement with Fisher, we are now delighted to
offer for sale
the the same metal detectors used by the Meteorite Men.
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOUR TRACKED VEHICLE, THE "ROCKHOUND"
The tracked vehicle we used in Season One and Season Three is
called the Hydratrek multi purpose amphibious vehicle (MPAV).
The company that designed and built it is based in Covington,
Tennessee and you can learn all about the MPAV on the Hydratrek
KIND OF MAGNETS DO YOU USE?
We use very powerful rare earth magnets for meteorite hunting.
The pull strength varies from about 28 lbs to 70 lbs per piece.
We are pleased to offer the very same magnets
used by the Meteorite Men for sale on our sister
site, Aerolite Meteorites. If you purchase powerful magnets, please
use extreme caution, as they can be very dangerous. If a finger
or other body part gets trapped between two powerful magnets,
severe injury can result. Rare earth magnets can also damage or
erase credit cards, hotel room key cards, iPods, cassette and
video tapes and other magnetic media. We've also seen vehicles
scratched and damaged when magnets came in close proximity and
stuck to a car or truck body. So, please be extra careful if you
KIND OF ROCK HAMMERS DO YOU USE?
We use a variety of rock hammers. Most major home improvement
stores carry similar equipment, or you can order picks from online
companies that specialize in prospecting equipment.
SAW A FIREBALL, WHERE DID THE METEORITES FALL?
Plotting the likely fall zone of meteorites produced by a fireball
is difficult, complicated, and very time consuming. Many fireballs
burn up completely and no meteorites make it to the surface. In
order to research a witnessed fall, we typically require a large
number of independent eyewitness reports, in order to predict
a possible fall location.
Due to their great brightness large fireballs often
create a remarkable optical illusion in which it appears that
they have hit the ground somewhere nearby. The glowing fireballs
we see in the night sky are caused by atmospheric pressure and
friction, but meteors stop ablating (burning) while still seven
to twelve miles above the surface of our planet. If you are lucky
enough to witness a bright fireball, and the flame goes out while
it's directly overhead, it is possible that the meteorite will
When we see a bright shooting star or fireball apparently
landing close by, what we are actually seeing is it arcing away,
over the horizon, while still high up in the atmosphere. Due to
the curvature of the Earth, the fireball may seem to hit the ground,
when it has in fact just moved out of our field of view and gone
beyond the horizon. Because of its extreme brightness a fireball
may appear — to our human eyes — to be much closer
than it actually is. It's something I, myself, have been fortunate
enough to witness a couple of times and it's frustrating because
it does look as if the meteorite landed "just over there."
However, it probably landed hundreds of miles away. Another thing
to consider is that when a meteorite lands near observers, those
witnesses report hearing loud sonic booms, and/or "whizzing"
noises. If no sound accompanied the spectacle, then the meteor
was probably a great distance away. But at least you had the privilege
of witnessing a real fireball.
WANT TO FIND A METEORITE, HOW DO I DO IT?
Meteorites are valuable, difficult to find, and we make our living
from recovering them. We have already visited many of our favorite
sites in Meteorite Men and are always investigating potential
new sites. If you want to learn how to find meteorites yourself,
we highly recommend Geoff of MM's award-winning book,
How to Find Treasure from Space. It won a 2012
IPPY Award as one of the year's best independently published science
books and is the world's only guide to meteorite hunting. It discusses
strategy, safety, tools, metal detectors, how to gain permission
from landowners, as well as detailed information on meteorite
identification. Order on Amazon, or directly
WANT TO BE A METEORITE HUNTER, HOW DO I START?
Steve and Geoff have over thirty years of accumulated experience
in meteorite hunting, and the techniques they have developed have
been learned through hard work and experimentation. You will find
to Meteorite Identification interesting, as it answers
a number of basic questions about meteorites. We also highly recommend
Geoff's book Meteorite Hunting: How to Find Treasure from
Space (see above) and his thrilling autobiography, Rock
Star: Adventures of a Meteorite Man. At 252
pages, with over 130 exclusive photos, and an Introduction by
celebrated author Neil Gaiman, it is a fascinating
look at the life of one of the world's most successful meteorite
I HAVE DISCOVERED A NEW METEORITE CRATER, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Meteorite craters are extremely rare and, in fact, there are only
two craters in the entire United States that have produced meteorite
fragments. There are numerous old, and much larger crater structures
such as Beaverhead, Montana and the Alamo Breccia in central Nevada,
but those sites are so ancient that all meteorite fragments have
long since decayed.
There are many terrestrial features that can be
mistaken for meteorite craters, such as sinkholes, bomb craters,
and natural depressions. Meteorite fragments found around a crater
typically denote the real thing, as does shocked quartz, and/or
impactites which are terrestrial rocks deformed by a significant
meteorite impact. If you wish to learn more about you may enjoy
Geoff's column about impactites