The World’s Smallest Meteorite Crater?

Let’s face it, a meteorite dropping out of the sky and landing in your garden doesn’t happen very often. In fact, it’s a pretty uncommon event to say the least. You probably have more chance of winning the jackpot on the National Lottery than you have waking up one morning and finding a lump of…

Festive Fun

It was a bit of a shock last week to find that the Open University had decided to go all festive. Christmas already! Oh no! Not yet, surely? But yes! In the Berrill Cafe the staff are now wearing pixie hats, Santa is in his grotto and the air is filled with the sound of…

It’s complicated

It’s not easy trying to figure out the origin and early evolution of the Solar System using just a bunch of smashed up space rocks. A bit like trying to study an ancient civilization when all you have are a few bits of broken pottery and a rusty broach. Yes, making sense of the meteorite…

One quiet afternoon in Brazil

On September 21st 2013 at about 3pm local time a 1.5 kg stone fell less than one metre away from where Mr Adeildo Silva was standing in the village of Borracha, near Vicência, Brazil. It was a lucky escape! The stone turned out to be an ordinary chondrite, type LL3.2. Should we be interested? Well…