Space Rocks! Is the sky really falling? Thomas Jefferson once remarked that he would sooner believe that Yankee (meaning Yale) professors would lie than that stones could fall from the sky. Well, rocks do fall from the sky. After hurtling through space for eons, meteorites survive a fiery passage through the atmosphere and crash land on Earth. We have all seen the sudden and fiery trails left by these rocks from space in the night skies, but there was a time not long ago when our understanding of their nature was lacking.
Join us for an illustrated program about these “thunderstones” and learn some of the folklore and science of meteorites. This is a nontechnical introduction into the fascinating world of meteorites, asteroids, comets, and impact craters. Samples of actual meteorites will be available to hold in your hand. We’ll also see videos of a comet slamming into Jupiter and the spectacular end of a meteor over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013.
The talk will be in the community room. Admission is free, but registration is required. See: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/space-rocks-exploring-meteorites-with-peter-kandefer-tickets-20974923561