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Catch a Falling Star
11.17.07
 
NASA Glenn Visitor Center
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


The Leonid Meteor Shower will dazzle stargazers as Earth encounters the dust trail of comet Tempel-Tuttle in November.

Image of a meteor shower. Join us at the Visitor Center on Nov. 17, the day before the shower peaks, to hear viewing tips and learn about the origins and study of meteorites.

Image right: A meteor shower over Italy in Nov. 2006. Credit: NASA

Presentations fill up fast. Make your reservations today by calling (216) 433-9653.

Presentations:

11 a.m. - Antarctic Meteorites: Sifting the Sands of the Solar System


Since 1969, more than 30,000 meteorite specimens have been recovered from the East Antarctic ice sheet. Dr. Ralph Harvey, field team leader and principal investigator of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites Project, will discuss his role in the recovery and investigation of meteorite specimens from the East Antarctic ice sheet. Hear Dr. Harvey explain how research on this material has fundamentally changed our understanding of the solar system.

Image of scientists examining a meteor.Image left: Researchers inspect a meteorite found at the East Antarctic ice sheet. Credit: Antarctic Search for Meteorites Project

1 p.m. - Rocks from Space

Lecturer Jeff Bassett will discuss the origins of meteor showers and the types of meteorites that have been found on Earth. Join Bassett as he reveals fascinating facts and debunks myths about meteorites. You'll touch a real meteorite and get tips on observing the Leonid Meteor Shower at this engaging presentation.

Please note the following important guidelines:
  • Advanced registration guarantees admission to the Visitor Center. Call (216) 433-9653.
  • All adult visitors are required to present government-issued photo identification.
  • Access to the NASA Glenn Visitor Center is limited to U.S. citizens.
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