Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Is This a Meteorite?

micro meteorite

Note: This thing is a spec of dust – maybe 200 microns in diameter.

I‘m a little bit embarrassed about the last time I asked, but it’s different this time, really.

They’re falling all the time

You see, just becuase you’re not awakened at night by a crashing sound, then wander into the living room to find a smoking crater in the floor and a hole in your ceiling that you could drop a refrigeratior through, doesn’t mean that a meteorite didn’t land on your house.

My son and I set up a micrometeorite collection rig in the back yard as a school science project, and while we were waitng for the space dust to fall into our trap, I ran a magnet along the inside of our house’s rain gutter – I read that this was a good way to find metallic micrometeorites.

Expert Opinions Needed

Quite a few particles stuck to the magnet. This one looked the most like a meteorite to me. To get a sense of scale, the pointy thing in the picture is the tip of a small sewing needle, and the white surface is #2o bond.

What do YOU think, micrometeorite, or not ?

6 Responses to “Is This a Meteorite?”

  1. Howlin' Hobbit Says:

    Yep. And those splotches are undoubtedly the Andromeda Strain. A bunch of really stern and singleminded people in shiny plastic suits will be knocking on your door shortly.

    Really cool post. Let us know what the collection station turns up.


  2. Steve Says:

    Hey Howlin!

    Glad to see you’re still stopping by. Sorry I never followed up on that shirt post. I haven’t made it yet.


  3. Howlin' Hobbit Says:

    Wowsa. You must have a much better memory than me because I can’t for the life of me remember what shirt post you’re talking about. :-/

    But yes, I’ve not missed one of your posts since I found you with the “how to make a ring with a coin and a spoon” post.

    I just don’t comment that often.


  4. Will Says:

    Did you ever get confirmation on the origin of these particles?

  5. Louis Varricchio, M.S. Says:

    Yes, it ceratinly appears to be a micrometeorite! It even superficially resembles a tektite: origins of these things are hotly debated by some experts and collectors–either terrestrial or lunar sources are possible–or both!–but is probably not since tektites contain no magnetic meteoritic material. The late H.H. Nininger and NASA’s John O’Keefe and Dean Chapman believed they came from the Moon. (Some of the encrusted orange-colored material on your sample resembles soil found on some Southeast Asian tektites.) But you’d have to contact a meteoriticist. The Smithsonian Institution may be helpful. FYI: A good place to search for micros is inside house rain gutters. I have found a few over the years.

  6. Bastokyg Says:

    The University of Arizona has an excellent collection of meteorites and they should be able to help.