Meteorite Day, a part of the Manchester Science Festival, was an all together resounding success! Before I get into the details of everything we did that day, I’d just like to say a massive thank you to everyone who made the day possible. It was my first public outreach event and I’m definitely addicted to doing more like it!
The day kicked off at 11am and we were not short of early birds. We were after a varied audience and let me tell you, none of you failed to deliver. We had our knowledge tested in ways we had never thought of before. Whether you were asking about the formation of the moon and what it was made of, how craters were formed or what went into making your own comet, you all came through and made it all worthwhile. For those of you that couldn’t make it or were just too far away to make it, here’s a short rundown of a few things we got up to:
Making your very own comet- We managed to cook up a comet using a handful of things we had lying around (ok… and a few we didn’t). Piling everything into a bowl and adding a hearty slug of dry ice, the process began- when the clouds of CO2 had dissipated, one of the theorised building blocks of the world was left. Some scientists suggest the water which makes up our vast oceans once resided in these icy bodies. (Perhaps with a little less coca cola though!)
The post-lunch heavy bombardment- I spent the day getting covered in a mixture of flour and coco in hopes that together, we could discover and explain a few things about impact craters- and make a massive mess along the way!
What goes into a meteorite?- With a bit of guidance, everyone took a crash course in microscope investigations in a hope of answering what made up the material that formed the Earth, the Moon and many other terrestrial bodies- some of which, we have never seen!
Needless to say, we all left tired after a long day of answering anything you threw at us (sometimes literally in my case…). I’d imagine I speak on behalf of the entire group when I say a massive thank you to all of you who made the trip to come see us, we hope you enjoyed it and look forward to seeing you at our next event!
These and many other pictures can be found on our Facebook group.
Many thanks to the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration, LPI/NLSI for providing posters and postcards, and to the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) for loaning us the lunar and meteorite samples.