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Meteorites 101

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 8:00 PM
Phillips Auditorium
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA  
Monthly Meeting
Registration is not Required
Meteorites 101 — Peter Scherff

At our December monthly meeting, Peter Scherff will present “Meteorites 101: What they are, Where they come from, & How we find them”. This is a talk on meteorites and impactites, what they are and what they tell us about the world we live in. Peter has traveled the world to find rocks that are “out of this world”. He will have samples with him: meteorites from the Moon, meteorites that sent hundreds of people to the hospital, part of an asteroid that was found on an impact course with Earth, a piece of Mars and many more meteorites. He will also be selling meteorite Christmas ornaments. The presentation will touch on the formation of the solar system, the composition of the Earth, the role of asteroid impact on the Earth. If you have any rocks that you think might be a meteorite be sure to bring them. Peter will be happy to give his opinion on them. 

Peter Scherff first started working with meteorites in the 1970’s when he used meteorites to create “out-of-this-world” jewelry. Working this amazing material piqued his interest and he started studying meteorites to learn the science behind them. His studies have continued to this day. He prepares meteorites for study and/or display, makes thin sections for study, and etches iron meteorites to display their beautiful qualities. He has worked designing museum displays, selling and providing meteorites to both the public (universities, museums) as well as private collectors. He has also traveled the world hunting for extraterrestrial rocks. Peter is a member of the Meteoritical Society, The International Meteorite Collectors Organization, as well as local and national astronomy associations. 

Please join us for a pre-meeting dinner discussion at House of Chang, 282 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA at 6:00pm before the meeting.