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Up Close and Personal

 

The widmanstatten pattern from an 830g etched slice of Muonionalusta fine octahedrite IVA. Image by Mike Duncan and Marissa Fanady.

 

Not long after starting my meteorite collection an idea popped into my mind. Like most other people who just began a collection my purchases were small specimens. Some are so small that they are just a crumb; we call these micro amounts or micromounts. The whole purpose of collecting meteorites, for me, was not only to learn everything about them but also to have the thrill of holding space in my own hands. A huge part of the learning process is to study the appearance of meteorites. With such tiny specimens observing their appearance and features was tough if not impossible. So, a microscope was added to my list of equipment to obtain. My parents graciously bought me my first microscope and with that my journey to explore the micro world of meteorites had begun. If you have not yet taken a look at your collection through a microscope then you are really missing out on a whole new world. Allow me to explain…

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If you would like to learn more about micrometeorites I highly recommend visiting Jon Larsen’s Facebook page dedicated to his research called Project Stardust – Jon Larsen. He has several books that have been published and translated in several different languages to teach others about micrometeorites as well as how to find and identify them. These books include “In Search of Stardust” and “On the Trail of Stardust – a Field Guide”. Micrometeorites are an amazing science and hobby to get into and the best part is that no matter where you live, you too, can find these micro visitors and aid in the research. So get out those microscopes and study and marvel at the micro world of meteorites, I promise you will not be disappointed!

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Marissa Fanady

Author: Marissa Fanady

Marissa Fanady has been an active member of the meteorite community since 2011 as well as an active member of the astronomy community since 2010. During this time she has amassed the largest privately owned meteorite collection in Ohio, attends numerous outreach programs with a local astronomy club to educate the public about these rocks from space, and became the Publication Secretary for this astronomy club as well as a writer. She has traveled out to the American southwest to hunt for meteorites and became the first physically disabled individual to hunt for meteorites and was successful in her search. Marissa has the long term goal of returning to college to dedicate her life to studying and finding meteorites, continue to make meteorites accessible to everyone, and promote the education of meteorites and defense against future asteroid impacts.

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  • Robert Ragen

    06/09/2019., 5:55 pm /

    Hi marissa about your post up close and personal it doesn't get aney better than that Beautiful I will look forward.to talk with. Thanks for sharing.

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