“It’s gravity wot does it”, I hear you say, but my Meteorites Tamed! talks are about more than the literal descent of a rock from Space.
Being such rare and exotic objects, meteorites are perhaps shrouded by an air of mystery, even to many trained geologists and astronomers.
Despite their other worldly aura, they are made of just the same elements and minerals as found here on Earth and have to abide by the same laws of physics to get here. Oooh, physics. Scary! Not really. I’ll cut out the really geeky stuff and for much of the rest there will be plenty of familiar analogies, involving cars, food and the like, to explain things.
So, if you’ve ever peered into a bowl of muesli, or used a bicycle pump, then you know enough about physics to understand these talks. Come along to find out more. But leave the muesli at home.
Image pictured Left is a hole in a field made by a meteorite impact at Bovedy, near Garvagh, in 1969. "The white flag is a marker, not a surrendering alien invasion fleet!" Dr Mike Simms.
Pictured bottom right is Dr Mike Simms himself and Harvey (Meteorite called Harvey after Harvey Nininger). Click to enlarge.
Link to Lecture 4 in the Meteorites Tamed! series, Meteorite biographies starting at 7:30pm on Monday 12th at the Ulster Museum. Reserve your free ticket now using the link above.