Out of this World Events

The 20th July marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. But how much do we actually know about the moon and it’s surface?

You can discover more at Whitby Museum on Thursday 4th July at 7pm when Tony Kearsley will be telling us about meteorites and the answers they provide in his talk “Meteortites from the Moon”. Tony is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and former Microanalyst at the Natural History Museum in London.

Meteorites from the Moon reveal a violent history stretching back billions of years and even small samples may contain fragments of a wide range of lunar and other rock types. These show signs of being smashed, mixed and melted together by catastrophic asteroid impacts, some big enough to send fragments into space, eventually reaching the Earth’s surface as meteorites.

What’s more you can get up close and hands on with meteorite material as Tony Kearsley hosts a meteorite workshop at the Museum on Saturday 27th July at 2pm. Enjoy a fascinating two hours as you use meteorite specimens, thin slices and slides and an array of microscopes and data from analytical microprobes to explore and investigate extra-terrestrial material found on three continents, originating from asteroids, the Moon and Mars.

Tickets for the Meteorites from the Moon talk are priced at £5 and the workshop tickets are priced at £7. Tickets can be purchased by visiting our Eventbrite page; click here.

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