In which we set out and find fossil meteorites in time and space. Wait... meteorites can be fossilized?! Mind blown. Read more about Philipp Heck's meteoritical research and the arrival of fossil meteorites at The Field Museum! Thanks to Mario Tassinari for the loan of the fossil meteorites, and Birger Schmitz for pioneering this field. GET A TWO-FACED CALF SHIRT: http://dftba.com/product/1di/Two-Head Read more about Fossil Meteorites
Blogs & Videos: Meteorites
They are the “Mona Lisas” of meteorites – out of over 50,000 known meteorites, only 101 of them are fossilized, and four of them will be on display at The Field Museum. Read more about Fossil Meteorites Arrive at The Field Museum
Collections-based research involves a wide variety of people interested in vastly different scales of space and time--from population genetics in mice to global climate change to galaxies across the universe Read more about Video: Fields of Thought
Wherein I meet our collective origins. Huge thanks to Dr. Philipp Heck for helping to create this episode. His research is totally out of this world. Read more about Starstuff and Nanodiamonds
CSI Meteorites: I guess you could say this show is.... astronomical.
Special thanks to Jim Holstein for helping out with this episode! and letting me hold a PIECE OF MARS
Read more about Meteorites From Spaaaaaace!
It looks like something out of a Superman movie – a green rock from another planet, resembling the fictional “kryptonite”. This particular rock is not fictional, however, and comes from a small planet in our solar system that has never been sampled before by scientists. Read more about Mysterious Green Meteorite Lands at The Field Museum
The meteorite, named Northwest Africa 7325, was found in Southern Morocco in early 2012 and likely comes from an asteroid in the space between Mars and Jupiter. The rock has puzzled scientists, leading one to speculate that it comes from the planet Mercury; however most researchers find this claim weak due to lack of evidence. This rock is an ungrouped achondrite and comes from a planetary body that has not been sampled before. Its study will enhance our picture of the diversity of planets in our solar system, and help better understand the formation of the planets, including Earth. Read more about Terry Boudreaux donates unique meteorite to the Field Museum
Philipp Heck, James Holstein, and graduate student Levke Koeoep attended the Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society in Edmonton, Alberta earlier this month. Read more about Field Museum meteorite research presented at the MetSoc Meeting in Edmonton, Alberta
On February 15, 2013 a fireball exploded over the Chelyabinsk district of Russia. The shock wave caused significant damage and injuries to many in the area. This meteor was the largest object to fall on Earth in almost 100 years, with an estimated mass of about 11,000 metric tons. On April 9, The Field Museum received several pieces of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite totaling about two pounds thanks to a generous donation from meteorite collector Terry Boudreaux. Read more about Russian Meteorite Lands at Field Museum
The first scientific paper describing the almost local meteorite Mifflin that fell on April 14, 2010 in southwestern Wisconsin got published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science. The Robert A. Pritzker Assistant Curator for Meteoritics and Polar Studies Philipp Heck is a member of the international consortium who studied the space rock and co-author of the study. Pieces of Mifflin are on public display at the Field Museum and are part of the meteorite collection. Read more about Mifflin Meteorite Results Published in Meteoritics & Planetary Science