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Blogs & Videos: Meteorites
In this week’s episode of Natural News from The Field Museum, we’ve got updates about the sex lives of peregrine falcons, mouse lemurs as time machines, and new research on the formation of our solar system!
1. Peregrine Promiscuity.
“Sex in the City: Breeding behavior of urban peregrine falcons in the Midwestern US,“ Caballero et al. PLOS One (2016) Read more about Sex Lives of Peregrine Falcons & Time Travel Discoveries | Ep. 2
Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet 10 years ago today. While many grieved the loss of the ninth planet, we’re now learning more than ever about this ball of ice and its faraway neighborhood at the edge of the solar system. So, what ended Pluto’s run as a planet? The International Astronomical Union, or IAU, defines a planet by three qualities: 1. Orbits the Sun 2. Big enough for gravity to shape it into a sphere (which is called “hydrostatic equilibrium”) Read more about Learning from Pluto as a Dwarf Planet
The residents of a Chicago suburb were jolted awake just before midnight on March 26, 2003—by meteorites falling through their roofs and windows. The Park Forest meteorite, named for the area at the center of the shower, fell in one of the most heavily populated areas to see meteorites in recent history. Read more about A Breakup with Lasting Impact: Meteorites from a 470-Million-Year-Old Split
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
In which we set out and find fossil meteorites in time and space. Wait... meteorites can be fossilized?! Mind blown. Read more about Fossil Meteorites
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