Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Day

Discover the Solar System - right here in the Nevada desert! Each day a different image or photograph of a NEVADA meteorite will be featured, along with a brief explanation written by a meteorite-recovery expert.

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Name of Nevada Meteorite: Bluewing 018 - Actually, this is the 13th meteorite find made at Bluewing Flat,
and the 22nd find from Nevada.

Credit: Image by finder, Paul Gessler, taken December 01, 1999.

Explanation:
We jump ahead to December 1, 1999, in todays Photo of the Day!
So far, these Nevada Meteorite Picture of the Days have been in somewhat chronological order. But unfortunately. we do not have photos of the next three finds that were made in Nevada (at Bluewing Flat). These finds were made by Paul's father, Nick Gessler. They were found over the period of two days, November 6-7, 1999. Below are the pertinent data that we do have for these Nevada meteorites.

Bluewing 017 - Actually, this is the tenth meteorite find made at Bluewing Flat, Nevada
28.28 grams (fragment with no fusion crust and with chondrules protuding)
4017.___' N, 11856.___' W
Pershing County, Nevada, USA
Found 1999 November 06
Unclassified Ordinary Chondrite

The following is from The Meteoritical Bulletin, No. 86, (Table 3), 2002 September :

Bluewing 006 - Actually, this is the eleventh meteorite find made at Bluewing Flat, Nevada
355.27 grams (TKW)
4017.003' N, 11856.885' W
Pershing County, Nevada, USA
Found 1999 November 07
L6 S3 W3 Fa 25.4+/-0.2% (with black groundmass)
Type Specimen: 25 grams (UCLA)

Bluewing 007 - Actually, this is the 12th meteorite find made at Bluewing Flat, Nevada
323.94 grams (TKW)
4016.948' N, 11856.923' W
Pershing County, Nevada, USA
Found 1999 November 07
L4 S2 W3 Fa 25.1+/-0.3% (with patchy fusion crust and 6mm chondrule protuding)

Then there is a 3 week hiatus, after which Paul Gessler returns to Bluewing Flat to resume his recovery efforts. On that one day he finds 7 fragments. Five of these fragments are later paired to an earlier find of his (Bluewing 005). His first find of that day wasn't one of these "paired" fragments. Here is the info on this first find of the day:

Bluewing 018 - Actually, this is the thirteenth meteorite find made at Bluewing Flat, Nevada
40 17.048' N, 118 56.818' W
Pershing County, Nevada, USA
Found 1999 December 01
Unclassified Ordinary Chondrite

A 55.00 gram (chondrule-rich) fragment was found by Paul Gessler while he was searching for meteorites on Bluewing Flat.
Specimens: main mass, with finder (Gessler) .

References:
(Personal communication with Nick Gessler, 2000).

(Scale: none)

Monday's picture (another 4-day weekend for me): and then another photo from that same day at Bluewing Flat


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