In the Arctic heading for Antarctica

Some very positive news on the BBC website last week concerning the project to find buried iron meteorites in Antarctica. The team, led by Geoff Evatt of the University of Manchester, have been testing their detection equipment at the Ny-Alesund research base in Svalbard. It sounds as if real progress has been made and all…

Should I update my insurance policy?

We have to get this sorted. One website claims that the only meteorite casualty in recent times was that celebrated dog, killed in Nakhla,Egypt in 1911. Another website says that the only known meteorite fatality was a cow in Valera, Venezuela in 1972. Even if both are correct, it suggests that you shouldn’t rush to…

Chondrules: An enduring enigma

I am really looking forward to the chondrules workshop taking place tomorrow and Tuesday at the Natural History Museum, London. OK, so I have to get up at the crack of dawn to make it on time, but it’s worth it. The origin of chondrules is a central theme in meteorite science. Lots of work has…

A not so tough week at the office

It’s a bright, frosty Monday morning in late November and I’m sitting in the Berrill Café at the Open University, waiting for Graham. He is stuck in a bit of traffic on the A5. Eventually he makes it and we have a quick coffee and discuss plans for the coming week. Our aim is to…