Philipp Heck, James Holstein, and graduate student Levke Koeoep attended the Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society in Edmonton, Alberta earlier this month. Jim and Levke presented their research projects during the poster session in the University of Alberta’s Art Gallery. Levke showed her latest study on her rich harvest of hibonite and spinel minerals from the Murchison meteorite.
50 pieces of the Chelyabinsk are now on public display prominently placed next to Sue in the NW corner of Stanley Field Hall, the main hall of the Field Museum. The exhibit is accompanied by a short video that features meteor explosion and fireball, the donor, meteorite collector Terry Boudreaux, and Robert A. Pritzker Center staff during this major donation.
On April 9, 2013 the Field Museum's Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies has obtained more than 2.2 pounds and 234 pieces of the Chelyabinsk meteorite through a donation of meteorite collector Terry Boudreaux. Pieces of the meteorite are available for scientific research. Research on that meteorite will help us better understand the history of the solar system in particular its collisional history.
The first scientific paper describing the almost local meteorite Mifflin that fell on April 14, 2010 in southwestern Wisconsin got published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science. The Robert A. Pritzker Assistant Curator for Meteoritics and Polar Studies Philipp Heck is a member of the international consortium who studied the space rock and co-author of the study.
Today, two cosmic visitors made the news around the globe today, February 15, 2013. First, this morning an unexpected visitor blazed through the mid-morning sky of Russia near the city of Chelyabinsk. It produced a spectacular fireball accompanied by a shockwave that resulted in a sonic boom. The shockwave made windows shatter which resulted in injuries to hundreds of people. It is very unusual that meteorite falls cause injuries. To date there is no documented case of a human casualty caused by a meteorite although some injuries have been reported from previous falls.