Investigating craters

On Wednesday 25th January Simon Sheridan visited Stoke Goldington C of E First School. Simon organised a fun session, in which the children spent the afternoon investigating how the size and speed of meteroids (that’s meteorites before they hit the ground) affect the size and shape of craters. The session was rounded off with the children getting a chance…

A visit to Beachborough School, Westbury

On Monday 23rd January Simon Sheridan visited Beachborough School in Westbury.  The day was spent working through a series of experiments to test soils and determine which was the most Mars-like.  Finally, at the end of the day Simon gave a talk about meteorites and the children had a chance to get hands-on with Gibeon.…

Outreach Meteorites do double duty in Scotland

After travelling millions of miles through  space to reach the Earth, the meteorites in the outreach collection made  a further trip to Scotland last week (April 28th and 29th). Following a brief presentation on the origins of different types of  meteorites, members of the Troon and Sterling astronomical societies had hands-on encounters with the meteorites…

Double Act

The outreach meteorites made two visits to Ware, Hertfordshire in the last couple of weeks, supporting presentations given by Michael Goodyear. One of Michael’s talks was for the University of the Third Age (U3A) and the other to a local geology club.  In both cases, the talks were not specifically about meteorites, but about what meteorites…

Comets and Meteorites in Norwich

On Friday 27 November Simon Sheridan gave a talk about the Rosetta Mission to the Norwich Astronomical Society at their Seething Observatory. There were well over 100 people in the audience and after the talk he had a very lively hands-on session with the Open University outreach meteorite collection. The audience were extremely enthusiastic and…

Festive Space

On Monday 15th December I took part in the OU’s School-University Partnership Initiative (SUPI) Christmas lecture series. The audience was high school children aged between 12 and 16, parents, and teachers. My talk focused on my main research interest, which is searching for and analysing water in Moon rocks. After the talk there was an…