Interview With the Meteorite Man

Geoff Notkin with meteorite-hunting gear in the Chilean desert (© Geoffrey Notkin)

Geoff Notkin with meteorite-hunting gear in the Chilean desert (© Geoffrey Notkin)

Have you ever seen a meteor streak across the night sky? How about a very bright fireball (aka bolide), one that seemed to disintegrate in front of your eyes or leave a trail of vapor that hung in the air for a few moments? These “shooting stars” are actually tiny bits of rock and dust that exist everywhere in the Solar System, and when they run into Earth’s atmosphere they are slowed down incredibly, resulting in a transfer of energy that releases light and heat — usually enough heat to vaporize the original object entirely. But on occasion a large and/or dense enough object enters the atmosphere and survives the blazing journey to the surface. If it hits land, the meteorite (or its remaining pieces) might one day be discovered by a random traveler, a hiker, a farmer… or a even dedicated  “meteorite man” like Geoff Notkin.

Author, educator, and host of Science Channel’s “Meteorite Men” and Cox7’s STEM Journals, Geoff Notkin has dedicated his life to the study, collection, and dealing of these “inert aliens” from outer space. His Tucson-based company, Aerolite Meteorites, sells some of the specimens that he’s traveled around the world to find, and last week I had the chance to talk with Geoff about his business and his passion and learn more about what got him so interested in meteorites to begin with.

Read the interview here.

“Being a meteorite hunter is probably not the best capital return on your time but it’s a very exciting and rewarding life in every other way.”

– Geoff Notkin, Aerolite Meteorites


About Jason Major

Jason is a Rhode Island-based graphic designer, photographer, nature lover, space exploration fanatic, and coffee addict. In no particular order.

Posted on January 16, 2014, in Comets and Asteroids, Features and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. For me Geoff Notkin is like a Indiana Jones to moden times.
    Jeff Barani from Vence (France)

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  2. Go Geoff! I have started hunting meteorites after seeing Meteorite Men. I have always loved observational astronomy and this is even better (like you mentioned), something you can actually touch! Its a bit difficult to sort out the duds (meteorwrongs) from the real ones. I have 2 very fresh looking meteorites with full shiny fusion crusts though. 🙂

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