Catch a Falling Star!

Family-Science Hunt for Micrometeorites

Scientists estimate that about 22,000 tons of micrometeorite materials fall to the Earth every year. Most falls in the ocean, but some falls on land, and much of it ends up in our rivers. Our New England rivers (especially the Connecticut, New England’s longest) have collected, funneled, and preserved tons of micrometeorites over the years, and they’re just waiting for you to come find them and take them home!

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket… for real!

Falling stars, also known as micrometeorites, fall to Earth quite frequently (over 22,000 tons worth yearly!).

On Saturday, October 8th from 10:30am-2pm, families can learn how to find their own shooting star at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls!  HCC geology instructor Steve Winters will be on hand to teach families about the best places to find micrometeorites and how to sift through sand to find the small, shiny beads!

This is a great way to spark interest in astronomy and geology in young students, and is an opportunity to develop skills and interests together as a family- and it’s a free event. For more information, visit www.greatfallsma.org or call 413-863-367 .


[Photo credit: (ccl) Brian Gudzevich]

2 Comments

  1. October 8, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    This is really cool to see and to hear that Syna is so excited about her discovery! Thanks for posting this, Heather!

  2. October 8, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    this was actually a lot of fun. here’s the micrometeorite syna (5yo) found: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hlkljgk/6223534982/

    she’s been showing it to everyone. :)

    thanks for the recommendation!


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