Barwell meteorite from London's Natural History Museum

Posted by David Eicher
on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Barwell meteorite // Credit: David J. Eicher
On Astronomy’s August tour of London, some 25 readers and I had the great pleasure of seeing many important astronomical sites in England.

What a great treat it was while I was in England to visit Caroline Smith, collections manager of the Earth Sciences Department, Mineral and Planetary Sciences Division of London’s famous Natural History Museum. Caroline graciously spent time showing treasures of the meteorite collection, and we shot video showing a number of representative samples, the first of which I share here.

In it, Caroline describes a unique piece of the Barwell meteorite, a chondrite that fell in England in 1965, which contains amazing and scientifically important “pebbles.” Enjoy!

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