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    Collecting micrometeorites

    Just heard about this cool sounding hobby. I requested a couple books on it from the library (they have to be sent from another library plus quarantined, so it will be awhile till I read them). From what I read online so far the best place to find them is in house gutters. That would have been great a couple decades ago, but now I live in an apartment style condo (phooey!).
    Anybody tried this hobby?
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    Micrometeorites are dust sized. They burn up in the atmosphere. I assume they meant small meteorites?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Micrometeorites are dust sized. They burn up in the atmosphere. I assume they meant small meteorites?
    They donít necessarily vaporize. Hereís an article about collecting micrometeorites, which can be done at home, but the vast majority of what you collect is just terrestrial dust:

    https://www.sciencefriday.com/articl...rban-stardust/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    Micrometeorites are dust sized. They burn up in the atmosphere. I assume they meant small meteorites?
    Micrometeorites by definition are bodies that reach the ground--they're the subset of micrometeoroids that do not burn up in the atmosphere. Same relationship as meteoroids and meteorites.

    Grant Hutchison

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    Here is the Facebook page of the founder of the hobby:
    https://www.facebook.com/micrometeorites/
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    and making the news

    These meteorites landed on Earth after a 22-million-year voyage https://www.jacksonprogress-argus.co...64192f1fc.html Bluegrass Skies: Meteors cause planetary weight gain https://www.state-journal.com/spectr...910c94f79.html Meteorites Reveal Ancient Magnetic Record of Protoplanet Churn https://scitechdaily.com/meteorites-...oplanet-churn/

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    I got this idea for a cartoon where someone into the "collecting micrometeorites" hobby tosses a huge one over his shoulder while saying "naaaah too big...".
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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