Have you ever seen a meteroite at night? It takes your breath away and reminds you just how small we are and how big it is out there. Plus it reminds you that space is something we need to know about and explore. You never know when we will be heading out in that direction!
Key vocabulary to use in play!
What you’ll need to explore meteorites!
In this Blog we:
Read a book on Meteorites
Made a Meteror – in a backyard or school yard
Went on a meteorite hunt
Used magnifying glasses to observe our meteors
Used an observation checklist to collect and compare data.
It’s billion-year orbit
This lovely community rich story is a true one. It’s the story of a meteorite that fell to Earth and landed on a car in 1992. What happens to a meteorite once it hits the ground? It goes to the museum, of course! Now you can follow the story and see the people involved and the steps it takes from space to car to Museum.
This third entry in the award-winning Got to the Museum series traces how a rock broke from its billion-year orbit to fall from space onto the trunk of a teenager’s car, then to several natural history museums.
After reading a story like this the next best thing is to go outside and search for meterorties in your own backyard or school yard. Just like a scavenger hunt everyone can find a rock and bring it back to the ‘lab’ for futher investigation using magnifying glasses and comparison charts.
What can you see in a meteorite?
If you put a section of meteroite under a microscope you will see a part of a story of the universe. Most meterors have a burnt outer layer due to the friction and heat that happend when the rock fell to Earth through our atmosphere. But inside they hold many cool secrets as you can see in the video.
They can show how old they are from carbon dating and we can see what elements they contain through expereiments. Elements such as silicon, oxygen, nickle, and iron. Where a meteror comes form is up for debate but one things is for sure the more we look at them the more we can see. Some that have been found are actually older then our own solar system.
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