Nature and Diversity: Meteorites and their Impacts

Friday, 12. May 2023, 15:00 Uhr – 17:30 Uhr | NHM Nature and Diversity
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"Nature and Diversity" is the museum's new Citizen Science initiative held on Deck 50. Together with partners from associations, active citizen scientists and interested people of all ages are invited to expand their knowledge on the diversity of nature.

What are meteorites? Where do they come from? What do we learn from them? How do we recognize them? How and where can they be found? What traces of these collisions can be found on Earth? And how and why to look for (new) meteorite impact craters?

This afternoon is all about these cosmic messengers and their impacts. NHM researcher Ludovic Ferrière is curator of the world's oldest meteorite collection and gives an insight into the fascinating world of these unique alien rocks, from the observation of a fireball to the study of a freshly fallen meteorite, in an exciting multimedia lecture.

In a subsequent workshop, real meteorites will be examined for their peculiarities. Do you think that you have found a meteorite? Take your find with you and let the expert identify it!

In addition, a Citizen Science project will be presented that allows interested people to virtually hunt for possible new meteorite impact craters on Earth. Finally, a quiz about meteorites and their impacts will round off the afternoon.

(This event will be held in English.)


NHM Nature and Diversity

"Nature and Diversity" is the museum's new Citizen Science initiative held on Deck 50.
A valid ticket to the museum is required, the event itself is free of charge.
Registration required!
Registration for groups: or +43 1 52177-335