Member Programs

Naming and Measuring Hall Tour

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cape York Meteorite (Ahnighito)

The Cape York Meteorite is so heavy that supports from the largest of the three pieces go straight down to the bedrock beneath the Museum. The massive meteorite comes from the center of a small asteroid that broke apart.

When you touch the 4.5-billion-year-old Cape York Meteorite, you are touching an object that is nearly as old as the Sun. Discovered in 1894 in Greenland, this iron meteorite slammed into Earth some 10,000 years ago.

Join a volunteer guide for a tour that details how scientists develop systems to measure and categorize nature. We’ll learn how scientists measure things like the speed of light, the hardness of minerals, and many more, as well as explore taxonomic systems used for naming animals.