ASU Meteorite Museum

Arizona State University has the world's largest university-based meteorite collection, of which a few samples are on public display in their meteorite museum. On a recent visit, I photographed the museum and its meteors.

The museum is part of ASU's Center for Meteorite Studies.

This single-room museum is small but comprehensive.

Arizona Meteorites

This "Meteorites of Arizona" display shows where different specimens have been recovered within the state.

Canyon Diablo Meteorite, Arizona. Part of the iron meteorite that formed Barringer Meteor Crater 50,000 years ago.

Trilby Wash Meteorite, Maricopa County, Arizona, 2005. An ordinary chondrite discovered by a man looking for gold with a metal detector!

Reproduction of Tucson Ring Meteorite, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona, 1850. The iron original weighs 1517 lbs, was used as an anvil by Mexican military, and is now in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

Meteorites from Around the U.S.

Park Forest Meteorite, Illinois, 2003. Hundreds of fragments were recovered from this fall in the Chicago suburbs; many hit houses and cars!

Drum Mountains Meteorite, Utah, 1944. Medium octahedrite showing the Widmanstatten pattern of the iron-nickel crystals due to slow cooling in space.

Peekskill Meteorite, New York, 1992. This ordinary chondrite hit a car! Reproduction on left, actual slice on right.

Weston Meteorite, Connecticut, 1807. Ordinary chondrite.

Meteorites from Around the World

This display tells how meteorites give important clues to the formation of the solar system and planets.

Arispe Meteorite, Sonora, Mexico, 1896. An iron meteorite weighing 268 lbs.

Imilac Meteorite, Atacama Desert, Chile, 1822. Pallasite with olivine crystals.

Allende Meteorite, Mexico, 1969. A carbonaceous chondrite. The labels show a chondrule (spherical inclusion), and a calcium-aluminum-rich inclusion (CAI).

Mbale Meteorite, Africa, 1992. An ordinary chondrite showing bits of nickel-iron metal.

All photos taken using Fuji Provia 100F slide film with Olympus OM-1 35mm camera on fixed tripod, scanned with Nikon Coolscan LS-2000.

The meteorite museum is run by the Center for Meteorite Studies in ASU's Department of Geological Sciences. The museum is located in Room 139 of the "C" wing of the George Bateman Physical Sciences Center on the Arizona State University Tempe campus, and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Admission is free. More information may be found at the Center for Meteorite Studies web page.

Revised: May 16, 2006
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