View meteorites for World Space Day at tourist attraction

THE National Space Centre in Leicestershire cramming a whole week of celebration into one fantastic day for World Space Day on Saturday, October 3. Workshops, talks, special guests and an evening of star gazing that all the family can enjoy at the Leicester tourist attraction. There will be more meteorites on display than in any other location in the UK on that day with some of the rarest examples ever displayed too.

How many occasions do people get the chance to hold something that was around before the Earth even formed or a piece of the moon in one hand and a piece of Mars in the other? The largest meteorite to ever fall in the UK fell on Barwell in Leicestershire on Christmas Eve 1965. On display will be a Barwell specimen that fell through the roof of the factory on Dawsons Lane and was also recovered with help from staff at the National Space Centre, which makes it quite unique.

Graham Ensor and the British and Irish Meteorite Society will be joining in to celebrate this 50th anniversary of the Barwell meteor landing. Specially for World Space Day, Graham and his team will be putting together a display containing more meteorites on display than any other location in the UK. The society will even bring along some of the rarest examples in their collection including a specimen of the Barwell meteorite.

Professor John Bridges, from the University of Leicester, will also be joining us to discuss what we have learned about Asteroids, Mars and the Moon from meteorites that have fallen to Earth.

To find out more, visit the NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE1 website.

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References

  1. ^ NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE (www.spacecentre.co.uk)
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