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The Philosophical Impact of Beauty with Don Komarechka (24/1/23)

Dear all,

It is our pleasure to announce that we have completed our very first live event on Instagram. We were joined by fellow photographer Don Komarechka (@donkomphoto) to discuss the philosophical impact of macrophotography on Tuesday, 24 January 2023, at 7 PM Central European Time (1:00 PM Eastern Time / 10:00 AM Pacific Time).

Hundreds of people who follow @prjstardust and @donkomphoto on Instagram joined the conversation. We were truly amazed by the excellent caliber of the comments and questions that were added during the event.

As you know, our work has helped people from all around the world to see with a new perspective by finding cosmic beauty in common dust. Since yours truly discovered the world’s first urban micrometeorite, numerous other collectors have joined in the hunt for stardust. To many it is the excitement of making a new discovery that is the driving force and for others it is the beauty.

When Jan Braly Kihle and I began taking color images, we presented the world with a way of viewing a micrometeorite that had never been seen before. Our art brought micrometeorites into the pop lexicon and has continued to have an important impact on the scientific study of these enigmatic particles.

Don Komarechka is a nature, macro, and landscape photographer located near Varna, Bulgaria. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don’s photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Exploring the world that we cannot see with our own eyes has been a common thread in Don’s career as a professional photographer.

Always science-minded but never formally trained, Don uses photography as a way to explore and understand the world around him. Photographing something unusual or unknown is the perfect excuse to learn something new. Don’s work often pushes up against the technical limitations of modern camera equipment and the physical limitations of light itself.

During our conversation we discussed the connection between art and science, our methodologies, and how the new perspectives we present shape our way of thinking. We learned that beyond our affinity for exceptional macro photography, a notable common thread between Don’s work and that of Jan Braly Kihle and me, is that we both find beauty among that which others commonly discard. Don commented that he frequently visits a local butterfly house to collect the remains of deceased butterflies. And I discover micrometeorites by taking samples from common dirt.

Our inspirational conversation is now available to watch as a video on Instagram. We hope you’ll tune in and enjoy!

Several of our viewers commented that they listened to our conversation while they were creating their own art or pursuing their own discoveries under the microscope. If this was you, or if you create something beautiful while you listen to the recorded video, please share your work in your Instagram Stories and tag us so we can share your remarks with our communities. Alternatively, please drop us a comment or send us a DM!

With the exception of our loving families, nothing brings us greater joy than helping you learn more about micrometeorites.

We hope you find our conversation informative, inspiring, and helpful. Enjoy!

Yours truly,

Jon Larsen & Jan Braly Kihle

Just in case you're new here!

Together we have amassed the world's most expansive collection of micrometeorites and we can't wait to share it with you.

Whether you're an expert in the field, an art collector with an appetite for treasures from space, or a budding stardust enthusiast, we hope you'll enjoy learning about our work.

Connect with us on social media to share the excitement of seeing new micrometeorites for the first time!

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Meet this season's micrometeorites

This season's collection features a variety of stunning micrometeorites. From mountainous cryptocrystalline turtlebacks and bewitching glass spherules to ultra rare giants. Available for a limited time only.

NMM 1448: V-TYPE

NMM 1448:  V-TYPE

Glass / Vitreous

Glass or vitreous type (V-type) micrometeorites each a temperature of up to 2000°C (3600°F) as they descend through the atmosphere..

These delicate, translucent spherules are difficult to find due to their lack of magnetism, since most of their metals evaporated during descent. 

NMM 1359:  CC-TYPE

Crypto-crystalline

Cryptocrystalline (CC-type) micrometeorites are composed of glassy particles with fine-grained crystallites that are too small to recognize as individual grains.

Many of these magnificent spherules feature metal beads and aerodynamic forms, while others have a "turtleback" shape with humps distributed evenly around the spherule.

NMM 1359:  CC-TYPE

NMM 500:  BO-TYPE

Barred Olivine

Barred olivine (BO-type) spherules are coarse-grained  micrometeorites made of the magnesium variety of the mineral olivine, forsterite, which is punctuated with small particles of magnetite.

The surface features striations that are formed when iron reacts with oxygen in the atmosphere. 

NMM 500:  BO-TYPE

NMM 1149:  PO-TYPE

Porphyritic Olivine

Porphyritic olivine (PO-type) micrometeorites are also made of forsterite, a type of olivine that is made of magnesium.

There are many morphological varieties of this type of micrometeorite; From evenly distributed small crystals, to crystals that increase in side, to extremely large or even possibly a single olivine crystal.

NMM 1149:  PO-TYPE

NMM 1271:  Sc-TYPE

Scoriaceous

When stardust does not reach a peak temperature of at least 1350°C (2500°F) during entry and deceleration, it barely melts. Volatile elements expand and escape in the form of gas bubbles, which results in a scoriaceous (SC-type) or vesicular micrometeorite.

Micrometeorites of this type are extremely difficult to find.

NMM 1271:  SC-TYPE

NMM 1271: G-, I-, CAT-typeS

Other Types

From G-types with dark silicate glass, I-types dominated by iron, and milky CAT spherules  enriched with calcium, aluminum, and titanium, to fossil, unmelted, and un-categorized micrometeorites.

There is no question that Jon Larsen and Jan Braly Kihle's contributions have had a dramatic effect on the field.

NMM 1271:  G-/I-/CAT-TYPES

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Michael Zolensky

NASA JOhnson Space Center

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Never forget: YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY STARDUST, inside and out.

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From directors Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer, this remarkable journey across our planet and universe explores how meteorites, shooting stars, and deep impacts have awoken our wonder about other realms-and make us rethink our destinies.

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of Micrometeorites

Never before has it been possible to see stardust in such a large format with crisp details. The 500+ color images are made possible by a new photo technology developed for this project by the author and mineralogist Jan Braly Kihle. 

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The Atlas of Micrometeorites provides an INVALUABLE RESOURCE
for stardust hunters around the world.

Matthew Genge

Imperial College, London

ORIGIN STORIES

Jon Larsen revolutionized the study of micrometeorites when he became the first person to discover a micrometeorite from an urban environment. Then a new form of art emerged when he and Jan Braly Kihle created the world's first high resolution photographs of micrometeorites in colour.

Learn about the singular moment that led to Jon's groundbreaking discovery
and the phone call that kickstarted a truly epic friendship.

Jon Larsen revolutionized the study of micrometeorites when he became the first person to discover a micrometeorite from an urban environment. Then a new form of art emerged when he and Jan Braly Kihle created the world's first high resolution photographs of micrometeorites in colour.

Learn about the singular moment that led to Jon's groundbreaking discovery and the phone call that kickstarted a truly epic friendship.

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Micrometeorites

Jon Larsen and Jan Braly Kihle have amassed the world's most expansive collection of urban micrometeorites and they want you to follow in their footsteps.

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HALLO and welcome!

We're Jon Larsen & Jan Braly Kihle

We are world renowned micrometeorite experts here to share our cosmic art and inspire the world to become star hunters.

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