Our October Meeting

Our October Meeting: Collecting Meteorites Yet another expert will share his knowledge at our next monthly meeting on October 5th. Alex Dolnycky, a member of the club and a very avid […]

Our October Meeting: Collecting Meteorites

Pallasite: Olivine crystals in iron-nickle meteorite. Phto Alex Dolyncky

Pallasite: Olivine crystals in iron-nickle meteorite. Phto Alex Dolyncky

Yet another expert will share his knowledge at our next monthly meeting on October 5th. Alex Dolnycky, a member of the club and a very avid meteor collector will be talking about meteorites. He will enrich his presentation by showing us samples form his own collection. Meteorites are extraterrestrial rock samples that are delivered to us “for free” by nature. We can use the information from these unique rocks to learn about the earliest history of the solar system. By studying meteorites, scientists can piece together how information on how the the solar system evolved into the present sun and surrounding planets.

Alex is a very knowledgeable and avid collector of meteorites. So if you would like to find out more about these unique visitors outer space, this is the meeting to attend.  Here are some of things you’ll learn.

– The history of meteorite science.
– What are the different types of meteorites?
– How were meteorites formed? How do they reach our Earth?
– How and where are meteorites found?
– How and where to buy them?
– What are some good places in Canada to hunt for them?
– How do we know that a meteorite made the dinosaurs extinct?
– Why are some types of meteorites so rare or unusual?
– The science of impact crater formation.

Iron Meteorite iron-nickle alloy

Iron Meteorite iron-nickle alloy

Be sure to attend this very interesting meeting.  You will learn how you can get involved in collecting meteorites. Those of you who have meteorites or impact stones in your collections are encouraged to bring them for show and tell.  So bring your iron meteorites, your stony meteorites, your chondrites, Libyan desert glass, tektites, moldavites, etc.  Our October meeting will be held on Oct 5th at the Knox United Church Meeting Hall, 2569 Midland Ave beginning at 8:00 pm. The church is located on the northeast corner of Sheppard and Midland in Scarborough (Toronto).  All non-members, guests and anyone interested in rocks and minerals is welcome to attend our meetings.   The feature image are regmaglypts which are thumbprint impressions formed by hot gas as the meteorite passes through the Earth’s atmosphere.  All photos belong to Alex Dolnycky.