The meteorite, named Northwest Africa 7325, was found in Southern Morocco in early 2012 and likely comes from an asteroid in the space between Mars and Jupiter. The rock has puzzled scientists, leading one to speculate that it comes from the planet Mercury; however most researchers find this claim weak due to lack of evidence. This rock is an ungrouped achondrite and comes from a planetary body that has not been sampled before. Its study will enhance our picture of the diversity of planets in our solar system, and help better understand the formation of the planets, including Earth.
The Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies welcomes Dr. Surya Snata Rout as its new Postdoctoral Research Scientist. Surya received his MS from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, West Bengal, (studying the geochemical evolution of iron meteorites), and his Ph.D. from University of Münster in Germany. At Münster he investigated the mineralogy and chemistry of the rare R Chondrites meteorites, as well as space weathering on the planet Mercury.
The main mass of a rare meteorite that exploded over California’s Sierra foothills in April 2012 will be preserved for current and future scientific discoveries, thanks to the collaborative efforts of five U.S. academic institutions.
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.