Book Review: Rocks from Space by O. Richard Norton

Rocks from Space: Meteorites and Meteorite HuntersRocks from Space: Meteorites and Meteorite Hunters by O. Richard Norton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is an excellent guide for the amateur meteorite hunter; where they come from, where to find them, how to recognize them when you see them, and how the science and geology work. It details the major meteor showers and when they happen, explains the astrophysical forces that drive them, and details the different ways that meteorites fall into our atmosphere and what happens once they do. It’s full of photos, diagrams and maps. It wasn’t what I was looking for when I picked it up, because I was looking for information on asteroids and this was only peripherally related to asteroids, but if you’re looking for information on meteorites from an earthbound enthusiast’s perspective, this is perfect. My one criticism is that the information on astrophysics is a bit outdated because this book was written in the late 90s, but you would be surprised how little that matters in regards to our contact with meteorites on Earth.

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