It’s just like fishing for rocks

A meteor blew up in the atmosphere off the coast of Washington state back in March, and today the EV Nautilus is going to poke around, looking for meteorite fragments, and the search will be streamed live.

My brother lives just south of meteorite field. I should nag him to get off his lazy butt, get in his boat, and go dive for a few fragments for me. They don’t say how deep the Pacific is at the site, but I’m sure he can just rig up a magnet on a long stick and grab a few.

At least I’ll put up the video stream in the background this morning.


  1. robro says

    They don’t say how deep the Pacific is at the site…

    Per the article in the Seattle Times, about 400 feet and relatively flat.

  2. blf says

    My brother lives just south of meteorite field.

    Using the maps in the article in the OP, that means this alleged brother lives in — or perhaps under — the ocean. Has poopyhead just hinted at the location of one of his secret undersea lairs? If so, then this supposed “bolide” was probably a (presumably landing) shuttlecraft which ran into difficulties. The EV Nautilus will probably find some decoy “meteorite fragments”, presumably planted far away from the lair.

    Of course, this could be an deliberate “hint”, presumably to distract, or to test something using the Nautilus as a guinea pig. The twisty workings of the minds of those with undersea lairs are difficult to fathom!

    The mildly deranged penguin says the explanation is much simpler: It was a podlide — a spaceship (pod) full of peas which exploded in the manner of a bolide, albeit deliberately, to scatter the peas. So if the Nautilus does find anything, there are likely to be screams as the crew dives overboard to get away from the rampaging peas, leaving the Nautilus to drift, Mary Celeste-like.

    The mildly deranged penguin is stocking up on fromages et vins in preparation of a live-streamed “The Great Pea Rebellion”.

  3. wcorvi says

    It’s probably a stony meteorite, so magnet or metal detector won’t do any good.

  4. shouldbeworking says

    I’m an ex-geologist,n ow a science teacher. If my last 2 fishing trips are any indication, I would catch almost anything instead of rocks.

  5. says

    So…66.6 fathoms deep?
    Many a year ago, on a mailing list devoted to Old English we had flurry of these, sadly all made up: things like the Body Temperature of the Beast, co-incidentaly 66.6—and C rather than F (or K); the ISBN of the Beast, 666-6-667-666666-6 and so forth.

  6. Ragutis says

    I’ve never fished for rocks, but they sure have taken a bunch of my gear. Any way to call dibs on any lures they might find and un-snag?

    Thanks for the stream link, PZ. Frags or no, I’m sure there’ll be interesting things to see.

  7. blf says

    The readers’s comments at both The Seattle Times article cited in the OP, and the original article on the bolide (Fireball off the Washington coast was likely a meteor) cited in that article, range from the spot-on to the humorous (“It was Bigfoot”), to the utterly loony (military going-ons, conspiracy (This is VERY suspicious! Bolides do not typically behave in the manner described […]), and physics loons).

    Also, I’d like to thank The Seattle Times for not being utter arseholes about the EU’s GDPR, unlike say, The LA Times (LA Times among US-based news sites blocking EU users due to GDPR), who are too clewless to understand anything about GDPR, and continued to be clewless for the two(-ish) years leading up to the start to actually bother to prepare).

  8. blf says

    The search may have found something, Preliminary Findings from the Nautilus Meteorite Hunt:

    NASA Cosmic Dust Curator Dr Marc Fries conducted an initial visual analysis of the samples collected, and his preliminary findings include two small fragments of fusion crust–meteorite exterior that melted and flowed like glaze on pottery as it entered the atmosphere. Additional analysis will be conducted in the coming weeks to determine if these fragments indeed came from the massive meteorite fall seen entering the Pacific Ocean off Washington’s coast in March 2018. […]