Astronomy magazine's Geoff Notkin Rock Star Contest
Readers told us where they'd go to hunt meteorites and why, and six lucky entrants have won a signed copy of Rock Star: Adventures of a Meteorite Man by Geoff Notkin, famous meteorite hunter and co-host of the hit show Meteorite Men!
July 2, 2012
Congratulations to our winners!
- Ken Davy of Illinois, who would try his luck in an area of New Mexico not yet associated with any known impact
- Kylie Eastley of Australia, who has insider knowledge of a potential site on an island off southern Australia
- Marissa Fanady of Ohio, who chose Tindouf, Algeria, because she'd love to hunt for an L4-6 brecciated chondrite
- Lee-Anne Miles of Australia, who picked both the Nullabor Plain in the Australian Outback and the Moldau River in the Czech Republic
- Craig Moody of Canada, who chose the Gobi Desert In Mongolia instead of the more common Brenham or Sikhote strewn fields
- Jeffrey Zlatkin of Delaware, who would head to one of the poles with its permanent snow and ice and fewer meteorite hunters
Everyone knows the famous meteorite hunter Geoff Notkin, one of TV's Meteorite Men from the great show on the Science Channel. Notkin has just published his autobiography, Rock Star: Adventures of a Meteorite Man (252 pp., paper, Stanegate Press, Tucson, 2012, $30). The book is a recounting of Notkin's life hunting meteorites, playing rock 'n' roll, and his adjustment from England to the United States, and makes fascinating reading. It will be essential for any meteorite collector or fan of the TV show. From the book's press release:
"A science writer and television host with a rock 'n' roll heart describes his exciting, and sometimes astonishing, quest for meaning and understanding in an unexplainable universe. From the smoking volcanoes of Iceland to the sunblasted wasteland of Chile's Atacama Desert, and the Australian Outback to the Siberian Arctic, Geoffrey Notkin recounts a forty-year odyssey of adventures that takes him to some of the world's strangest and wildest places — where music and meteorites are often the only sign posts.
"Fourteen years in the making, Rock Star chronicles Geoff's incredible adventures across four continents in search of elusive space rocks, his career as a rock and roll musician, and his childhood in an oppressive British public school. It is populated by a cast of fascinating, larger-than-life characters, and relates hilarious behind-the-scenes stories about the making of Geoff's numerous TV shows. A unique, unforgettable, and beautifully-told story of adventure, passion, determination, danger, frustration, and ultimate triumph."