For Educators

This hall uses specimens to investigate the origins of meteorites, their journey through space and fall to Earth, and the wealth of information they contain. It is laid out in a circle, with an overview in the Center and three areas on an outer ring: "Origins of the Solar System" (primitive, or pre-planetary meteorites), "Building Planets" (material from planetary bodies), and "Meteorite Impacts" (dynamics of the solar system). 

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Exploring Density

Why do some materials sink to the core of a planet while others float to the crust? This experiment uses marshmallow fluff and molasses to illustrate the concept of planet differentiation.

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What If There Were a Planet Between Mars and Jupiter?

A wide belt of asteroids lies between Mars and Jupiter, and was formed at the same time. If these asteroids had come together to form a 10th planet, what would it be like? Students investigate the answer.

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Launching and Recovering Meteorites

Throwing water balloons on school grounds in the name of science? Absolutely, if you do it safely, and apply what you learn to the science of finding and recovering meteorites.


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What's The Composition of the Universe?

Can the universe be contained in colored sprinkles? Find out by using confetti or sprinkles to create samples that show the abundance of elements in different substances found in the universe.



Cosmic Chemistry

What happened after the Big Bang? This comic strip explains the interactions that lead to the creation of stars, planetary nebulas, and supernovas. 



The Formation of the Solar System

About 4.6 billion years ago, our solar system came into being. This comic strip explains the processes that led to the creation of the planets and the asteroid belt.