[meteorite-list] Leonid Wipe Out From MI/The Possible Indiana Leonid Meteorites

From: Mark Fox <unclefireballmtf_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:47:13 2004
Message-ID: <20011120184512.77392.qmail_at_web14905.mail.yahoo.com>

November 20, 2001

Greetings Al And Fellow Meteorite Enthusiasts!

Sorry Al (Mitterling) that you didn't have a big
enough cherry picker and knife to cut a hole through
the fog! It was just pitiful here too and thus missed

I managed however to do some preliminary meteor
hunting on the night of November 17 before the Leonid
peak with about an hour worth of observations (from
about 7:50 to 8:59 P.M. EST). Only spotted two
meteors. One was probably a 0 mag. earth grazing
Leonid that left a 1.5 sec. or so luminous train in
the Northern Cross. Its swift speed, length, luminous
train, and a rough plot seem to indicate a Leonid
shower member. A tad early, wouldn't one think?

Nevertheless, I was thrilled to hear the report over
the radio about the suspected group of "Leonid"
meteorites that almost pelted the family from Indiana.

The pictures I saw on www.thetimesonline.com naturally
do not suggest a good meteorite suspect at first
glance, but nevertheless, do resemble to some vague
degree to that of an aubrite --- at least to me. If I
am correct, don't aubrites have a few flakes of
nickel-iron and exist with brownish fusion crusts?

My e-mail is unclefireballmtf_at_yahoo.com.

Be careful out there! (You may need to duck!),

Mark Fox
Newaygo, MI USA

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