(meteorobs) Search for a screamer (part one?)
stange34 at sbcglobal.net
stange34 at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jun 1 00:24:24 EDT 2007
I envy you, your local search.
Time to get REALLY sophisticated, or at least investigate the possibility
of. sending out.......<drum roll>.........
.....K-9's(search & rescue dogs) trained to detect the smell of
Brought to you care of "Bark & Barf kennel klub".
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bruce McCurdy" <bmccurdy at telusplanet.net>
To: "Global Meteor Observing Forum" <meteorobs at meteorobs.org>
Sent: 2007/05/31 17:37
Subject: (meteorobs) Search for a screamer (part one?)
> "METEORITES HIT NEAR REDWATER"
> ... the headline screamed. The Edmonton Sun story detailed:
> "Hildebrand believes fragments of the meteor [sic] may
> be around Redwater, 68 km northeast of Edmonton,
> especially in the area of Township Road 574 and Range
> Road 220."
> So when fellow RASCal John Cliff contacted me later on Tuesday morning
> about goin' a-meteorite-huntin' I thought "why not?" The coordinates
> seemed specific enough to give it a whirl ... nothing ventured and all
> that. It was only a 45-minute drive northeast of Edmonton. Unfortunately
> it was a spur of the moment decision for us to go, and my last-minute
> email to Martin Connors of Athabasca University was answered just minutes
> after we left. Unbeknownst to us, Martin had suggested we were probably
> wasting our time near Redwater and should go to the town of Legal instead
> So off we went in search of a hole in the ground. Instead, we found
> "Redwater 2, Bruderheim 38" said the sign coming into town, which
> seemed promising. If you believe in signs, that is. We probably had a
> better chance of entering a time warp into 1960 (when the Bruderheim
> meteorite fell) than we did of finding a new meteorite.
> I can't even confirm that there was no meteorite fall near Redwater. I
> CAN confirm as Martin's note rather baldly stated, that we were wasting
> our time. While that stung a bit after the fact, at the time we were
> blissfully unaware as we crisscrossed all Range and Township Roads within
> 3 miles of the coordinates mentioned by Dr. Hildebrand. The gently rolling
> terrain was mostly agricultural, dotted by sloughs (small ponds) and
> periodically interrupted by impenetrable wooded areas. We scanned with
> binoculars all open areas, drove to a couple of off-road locations, and
> got out and walked to a couple of spots that grabbed our attention but
> which turned out to be man-made or natural disturbances. I also talked
> with a couple folks at the local convenience store, but even though I
> pointed out that Sun headline it didn't seem like it was the talk of the
> town or anything.
> We neither of us really knew what the heck we were doing, but were both
> anxious to give it a try. And the mosquitoes were certainly anxious to
> give *us* a try. We had fun anyways; the thrill of the chase and all
> that. Of course we're the two guys who went to Fort McMurray for the Venus
> transit ... via Saskatoon.
> Tomorrow I will likely be heading out with Mark Zalcik (another
> Edmonton RASCal) to the community of Lily Lake, just east of Legal and the
> current "best guess". I don't hold out a great amount of hope, but it's
> not every day one gets the opportunity to chase the pot of gold at the end
> of the bolide.
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