Nevada's rockin' hottie
In 1894, southern Nevadans saw a fireball streaking across the sky, then felt a violent thud that tossed some from their beds. Did that bump in the night come from the hunk of iron a local prospector found 14 years later? Examine the one-ton Quinn Canyon meteorite, among the nation's largest, and decide for yourself at the University of Nevada's Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center in Reno. (775) 784-4812, planetarium.unr.edu .
Drip, drop, drip . . .
Filled every day at noon, this metal English water clock, made in 1551, would drip dry over 24 hours, its pointer slowly spinning to show the hour but not the minute. Why? Because the big hand–little hand design hadn't yet been invented and wouldn't be for another century. Find the rare clock, along with 1,000 antique timepieces, cameras, telephones, and other items, at the Conger Street Clock Museum in Eugene, Ore. (541) 344-6359, creativeclock.com 
Photography by David Calvert  (Nevada's Biggest Rock Star)
This article was first published in January 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.