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Taken with a microscope, these seem organic, biological and perhaps intelligent designs? They do not all appear in a way that rigid crystaline patterns form.
From the submitter:
These were taken by my husband Tom Phillips during the past year on his Aus Jena microscope. These are interesting formations that were found INSIDE various meteorites. Some of these photos were published in Meteorite Magazine and one was put the cover of Kevin Kichinkas meteorite collecting book. I am fascinated by the strangeness of some of the images. Just thought I'd share them with you.
Now, I had to research these a bit, and damned if they are not already published and in circulation:
Now...if indeed authentic, these specimens are incredible! Yes...we can find such types of things on rocks everywhere here on Earth, but these didn't come from here or contaminated by Earth. These are different than random rock formations, crystals or chondrules commonly found within most meteorites. Transpermia could be a factor here and I feel might be considered here in these patterns.
My first reaction was that these photos depicted typical examples of interesting patterns found naturally in chemical formations. Any deeper meaning would have seemed no more than what one sees during an inkblot test or while watching passing clouds. Then I performed a computer analysis and discovered something truly exciting for all of you woos out there! The first photo actually brings us an alarming message from intelligent beings on a planet orbiting a star not far from the center of our galaxy. It says, "If you vermin dare to attempt the colonization of planets beyond your own, we shall immediately commence operations to annihilate you and the rest of the dangerous species on your vile planet before your expansive impulses become serious threats to those of us who are true peace loving denizens of the galaxy. However, those of us on the leadership council have determined that we will spare Marilyn Monroe if she still lives.”
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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jan 11, 2006 17:40:01 GMT -6
Reply from the meteorite image Hunter
I tracked down Mr. Tom Phillips, the gentleman who found and imaged these fascinating designs within meteorites.
His reply :
Wow what a cool web site, I am honored that you would post my micrographs.
Where to start.
The Barringer's spent (in today's $) millions mining for the big meteorite at Arizona Meteor Crater after it was accepted that the crater was an impact. They were looking for a main mass of 200,000 + tons of recoverable metal. How obvious could it have been. There were SPHEROIDS (at the rate of 280,000 per once) covering the area for MANY square miles. Dr. Harvey Nininger studied these and estimated 100,000 - 200,000 tons were in the spheroids alone.
My point? The origin of the asteroid belt debate is far from settled. I lean towards the "Exploding Planet" camp. for the following reasons:
Iron Meteorites, Pallasites, and Achondrites come from large differentiated (possibly planet sized) masses. Why are Achondrites rare in comparison to iron? The iron core had to come out of something, creating a whole lot of stone material depleted in iron (and chondrule structure).
Why are so many chondrites with so much iron in them pelting our planet in (by far) the greatest numbers of any of the classes of meteorites? Shouldn't iron poor Achondrites be raining down?
It seems to me that a planet exploding and vaporizing over half it's mass would create the meteorite distribution we see. More significantly, ARMORED CHONDRULES). I can imagine how dust particles could collect and form chondrite's but with out the event of a partially vaporized large mass, I can't see how those chondrules could be completely covered in malleable iron.
It would take a book to explain all the questions I have and I have to admit, I have more questions than answers.
I have examined all kinds of meteorite including exotic such as Mars and Lunar, but just like the spheroids getting in the way of the "science team" trying to find the main mass in Arizona, ordinary chondrites contain the answers. A fall of let's say 400 Kilo is found. A sample is sent for classification and if it is "Yawn" an other H4 ordinary chondrite, all examination stops. It's just not sexy enough. We already know what it is, it's a boring H4. What part of ordinary don't you understand?
The answer to the question of the origin of the asteroid belt as formerly a planet, is in the chondrites.
I have cut and polished what would amount to several square feet of chondrites and examined them at magnification of up to 2000X. I look for what shouldn't be there. The preparation of samples is time consuming. I polish to 1/4 micron to enable reflected light viewing.
Most of the images were taken in incident (Reflected Light) but the "Cell Phone"(sic) was an unclassified thin section.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting I'll cut a meteorite and find a piece of an alien cell phone. Total vaporization of a huge mass could only leave traces of what used to be. Perhaps not plant fiber, but how about a microscopic piece of formally fossilized plant material? Far fetched, but worth contemplation. Even if it is jut for fun.
These are my main scopes, an aus Jena Neophot incident (reflected) light metalgraph and an aus Jena Fluoval.
Thanks for the interest, Tom
...More just for fun, how about a star sapphire in a meteorite? This was taken at 240X of a thin section of an unclassified meteorite.
I received a reply most quickly and appreciate the detailed correspondence. I most whole-heartedly concur and have always thought so, that the vast space between Mars and Jupiter once harbored a planet, long gone, and in it's place - the remains of what we call the Asteroid belt.
These images of Tom's could in fact, be preliminary evidence of life processes on that unknown planet, and eventually found it's way on Earth and other solar system bodies. I especially like the "Cell Phone" meteorite, with the circuit board like pattern, and it almost has an "intestinal tract" appearance to it - I think.
There's probably some minutes still left on it!...
Thank you Tom, I appreciate you sharing your efforts with us all... ;D
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The conjecture of an exploded planet between Mars and Jupiter was long considered, but has been completely discarded. Computer analysis employing numerical integration has clearly demonstrated that the gravitational influence of Jupiter forced nearby planetesimals into rather eccentric orbits. Collisions between these objects (asteroids) were more likely to be disruptive rather than cohesive. Their chemical properties are consistent with what would be expected from chips knocked off of the larger asteroids. However, the orbital dynamics and resulting hard collisions would not have allowed any asteroids to grow much larger than the biggest ones seen today. In other regions of the solar system, orbits became more nearly circular, and gentler collisions tended to meld objects into ever growing central masses (planets) rather than pulverize them.
Last Edit: Jan 11, 2006 23:52:29 GMT -6 by Centaur