It Fell From the Sky!

Date: May 9, 2017

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Fowler Museum Auditorium

Join us for a conversation with Prof. John Wasson, world-renowned meteorite expert and chief curator of the UCLA meteorite collection, which is one of the largest in the country. Hear the story of the Treysa meteorite, hold and examine 4.6-billion-year-old rocks that fell from the sky, and learn why meteorite studies matter.

On April 3, 1916, the 139-pound Treysa iron meteorite fell in Germany. Witnesses reported hearing a thunder-like detonation and seeing a cloud of smoke as a result of the fall. Alfred Wegener, a pioneering geophysicist who hypothesized continental drift, used eyewitness reports to calculate where the meteorite came down. After a suspenseful year-long search, the meteorite was extracted about half a mile from the predicted location.

Meteorite falls are spectacular and captivating. Fragments that can be found in our backyards connect us all to far-off worlds and the origins of the solar system. Come and hear more about their impact throughout history and today. The event is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat with the form below.

This faculty lecture is presented by UCLA's Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, whose mission is to understand and protect our home in the universe. UCLA's Meteorite Gallery offers visitors of all ages year-round opportunities to learn more about these fascinating objects. Learn more at

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