Amateur Astronomy
8:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

The Falling Star Catcher

A meteorite fragment.
Credit Flickr Photo/MarkGregory007

When someone says they have a hobby, that often means they spend their evenings knitting scarves, or their weekends restoring an old car. But Mike Hankey's hobby is a little more intense. He hunts meteorites. It’s a hobby that has him scouring gas station security videotapes, in hopes of glimpsing a shadow created by the meteor’s glare. It’s a hobby that has him interviewing scores of Amish teenagers and renting a house so he can live among them. The quest has consumed years of his life. But he still hasn’t found the dang thing.

To learn more about meteorites, visit the American Meteor Association's website.

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