Field Museum studies contemporary interstellar stardust

Sat, 01/15/2011 - 11:23 -- admin

Song lyrics aside, even when you catch a bit of stardust, it may take years to sort out what you've got.

Field Museum researchers have joined with scientists around the globe to find contemporary interstellar dust gathered by NASA's Stardust space mission launched more than a decade ago.

This story was featured on the December 14, 2010 show Scientific Chicago on WTTW Channel 11.

"Google Earth" Meteorite Gebel Kamil donated to the Field Museum

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 14:18 -- admin

Private meteorite collector and Collections & Research Committee member Terry Boudreaux donated to the Field Museum two specimens of the iron meteorite Gebel Kamil that formed a 45-m-wide impact crater in the southwestern corner of Egypt (East Uweinat Desert) near the Sudanese and Lybian border. The crater was discovered through Google Earth in 2009 on a Cretaceous sandstone surface; the impact has occurred less than 5000 years ago.

Elementary School Student Finds Meteorite

Wed, 09/01/2010 - 15:37 -- admin

Shortly after the April 2010 fall of the Mifflin meteorite in Wisconsin Robert A. Pritzker Collections Manager for Meteoritics and Polar Studies James L. Holstein went to the Iowa-Grant elementary school in the meteorite strewnfield to teach schoolchildren how to find meteorites. While the students were performing a demonstration for meteorite search after being instructed by Holstein, one of them was very lucky found a piece of Mifflin on the school ground (see photos on the right). The educational event, the meteorite search and the lucky find by the kid was covered live by CNN.

Meteorites from Wisconsin fall donated to Field Museum

Sat, 06/26/2010 - 09:44 -- admin

The Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies at the Field Museum in Chicago received pieces of the meteorite, now named Mifflin, that produced an impressive fireball and fell on April 14, 2010 in southern Wisconsin. Private meteorite collector Terry Boudreaux donated two pieces to the Field Museum, "...Anything I can do to further science, I try to do. I give as much as I can to the Field," said Boudreaux. The pieces nicely exhibit the brecciated nature of the meteorite.