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Rocks from Space: Meteorites and Meteorite Hunters (Astronomy) Paperback – 1 Mar 1998
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"[This] book contains a wealth of information directed toward laypersons interested in meteoritics. . . . Recommended."
About the Author
O. Richard Norton fell in love with meteorites while studying astronomy at UCLA with renowned meteoriticist Frederick C. Leonard. As director of the Fleischmann Planetarium at the Univeristy of Nevada at Reno and the Flandrau Planetarium at the University of Arizona at Tucson, he taught astronomy and shared his enthusiasm for meteorites, geology, and photography in public lectures and community education classes. He traveled to Cape Canaveral to film the Apollo launches, designed a fish-eye motion picture system that flew on the space shuttle Challenger, and led field trips to photograph total solar eclipses and comets around the world. His previous books about meteorites are "Rocks from Space", "The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites", and "Field Guide to Meteors and Meteorites". He was a fellow of the Meteorological Society and a contributing editor of Meteorite magazine. He died in 2009 before he completed work on this book.
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8 March 1998
With the public's awareness of possible planetary collisions (Jupiter and Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9) and the recent visitation by comet Hale-Bopp, many people will be interested enough to do a little background reading on the subject. I highly recommend this book for starters! I like it because you may delve deeply into minutae, such as the chemistry of meteorites, check the charts and graphs, or simply read the good stories about meteorite hunting! Great pictures abound inside as well, though most are black and white. Please consider that this book is intended for older teenagers and adults but take the kids out to see the night sky after reading. Thanks!
16 June 1999
I have the first and now this second edition of this book. It is my first choice when I want a more indepth description of specimens. If you buy only one book on meteorites, it must be this one. Lots of photos too!!!
27 May 1999
I've read this book from cover to cover and have gleaned an enormous amount of information on meteors. It covers all subjects from composition of various types of meteors to classifications to what to actually look for if you are hunting for them yourself.
31 March 2002
As a new meteorite collector found this book an excellent read, giving both technical and historic aspects of meteorite collecting. Could benifit from a new edition bringing it up to date with numerous recent finds and lunar/martian meteorites.
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