Monday, January 18, 2010

Largest display of Arizona meteorites planned

The University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory has the goal of exhibiting at least one piece of every Arizona meteorite during its Arizona Meteorite Exhibition.  [right, map of all the meteorites locations in Arizona.  Credit, UA Lunar & Planetary Lab]

These collections will be shared with the general public, along with formal presentations, during the exhibition to be held in the Kuiper Space Sciences Building from 6 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 30.

There will be hundreds of samples of individual meteorites thanks to partners such as the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Phoenix, UA Mineral Museum, Arizona State University, the Cascadia Laboratory, the Field Museum, Flandrau Science Center, the Arizona State Museum and many individuals.

On display will be specimens from the two Arizona meteorite falls that were observed and recovered – the Holbrook fall in 1912 and the recent Whetstone Mountains fall on June 23, 2009. 

[excerpted from the UA press release]

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