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Ulster Museum

Dinosaur Disaster Workshops

Watch meteorites crash and hold genuine space rock for yourself with Sirrius Science

Sat 27 Oct 2018 - Sat 17 Nov 2018

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Know your comets from your asteroids, your meteoroids from your meteorites?

In the Dinosaur Disaster workshop we investigate the mass extinction of dinosaurs which is attributed to the asteroid impact at Chicxulub, Mexico around 65 million years ago.

Beginning with a demonstration of the formation of impact craters using everyday resources and highly visual animations, we discuss the effects of this cataclysmic event; from the fireball smashing into the surface of the Earth and the giant tsunami which followed, to the lasting effects of the dust cloud and acidic mud which reduced temperatures and plant growth across the world.

From here, we create a simple timeline - reaching back from today to when these giants roamed the Earth – putting the history of dinosaurs and mankind into perspective.

Finally, thanks to the collections team at the Ulster Museum, we can examine and handle some genuine meteorites and compare these rocks from outer space to those which originate on Earth.

  • Booking is essential.
  • Workshops last approx. 40 minutes
  • Family tickets available for 2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children

Dinosaur Disaster Workshops will take place at the following times:

Saturday 27 October

  • 11:00
  • 13:30
  • 15:00

Saturday 17 November

  • 11:00
  • 13:30
  • 15:00