Have you ever wanted to reach out and touch the moon?
Introducing the Crystal Castle’s Magic of Meteorites Exhibition!
Amongst the remarkable meteorites on display is a large Moon rock, which visitors can hold in their hands.
There are also meteorites from Mars, the asteroid Vesta, and even a “fresh fall” meteorite that was in Outer Space only a few weeks ago and landed on Earth on the 6th of November.
The Magic of Meteorites Exhibition is free with your entry pass to Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens.
It is open from 12:30 pm to 4 pm every day in January and is hosted in the Peace Dome.
There are also three giant meteorites on display…
While they didn’t crash-land here from outer space, these three heavy meteorites have made a long journey, originating in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, some 400 million kilometres away, and landing in North West Africa.
One of these ancient space rocks is a type of Stony Meteorite called a Chondrite, and was once part of the mantle of an ancient asteroid or planet. It is around 4.6 billion years old, older than Earth itself.
Hundreds of thousands of years ago, after a fiery descent through Earth’s atmosphere, it landed in the desert in Mauritania, North West Africa, and was discovered by nomadic shepherds in late 2020. A small piece has been cut off and sent to the USA for analysis and will be stored for future research. It is already known to contain tiny olivine crystals, that we call peridot, and “chondrules”, which are thought to have formed in the early solar system, and may have brought life to Earth.
The other large meteorites are extraordinary Iron Meteorites, one being a piece of the famous “Campo de Cielo” (Field of Heavens), that fell in Argentina around 5,000 years ago.