2021 Poetry Contest
Location: UCLA Meteorite Gallery
Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 UCLA Meteorite Gallery Poetry Contest! We thank you for your participation and patience as we poured over the wonderful entries.
These are truly great pairings of STEM and art.
Winner: ”Return to Sender”Steve Desch
We tend to say Earth’s building blocks
Asteroid impacts lack finesse.
The “A” type asteroids we have seen
Though it might seem somewhat strange,
Second Place: A Man Waits for a MeteoriteKyle Webster
On an island in an uncharted sea
There is no way to reach this land
Yet on this island there is a statue
The marble base is sturdy and strong
He does not fear the heat of fire
No one will hear from his mouth
Third Place: THE BALLAD OF METEORITE JOHNRalph Harvey
Way way far south where sheets of ice shrink mountains into molehills,
And the moral of the story for you, listener, so patient,
Honorable Mention: 'She checked that the CCAM line was not the TFL'James Salmon
She was a meteoriticist; and that is more than any physicist.
Her name should be in lights!
Jupiter’s SlaveEva Palmeri
I am Jupiter’s slave
The Particularity of My Cosmic LifeP.J.Boston
Crickets and coyotes are the sounds of the cosmos in my life,
And a burning meteor putting a welder's hole in the black velvet night
The roar of the double-tailed dragon is heard
I wasn’t born magnetic, but by the time I became a chip off the old, really, really old block of my parent’s stony iron, something changed. And I felt my magnetism as I soared unfettered, unimpeded. Who could stop me? Who’d dare cross my iron will, even if exhilarated by my unequivocal attraction?
Yet as I pull close to the blue orb before me, I’m ready to cause a sensation. Drifting for so long I no longer remember the place of my birth I draw towards that which is bigger than me. Towards that which grips my curiosity and draws me forward. Warm now and then too warm, I blaze. Stream fiery tails. Desire of hands outstretched in the direction of my glowing glory inspires me and I put on a show.
Ah, my light so bright and so brief for all the time I spent quietly in the dark.
Rip roar from the past to my time now under glass.
Named for mountains which cradled my landing.
Old Woman craggy though I may be, my appeal, my mystery, my riddles to solve,
I coyly smile that you reach for me still.
“Late Bloomer”Steve Desch
Shuffling shyly along the perimeter,
“Getting a HED; or two; or three ”Peter Utas
Two heads are better than one
Samuel Courville; School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University
Of Magnets and Meteorites: What Magnetized Meteorites Tell Us About the Formation of Asteroids and the Solar System
Like the magnets on your refrigerator, some meteorites are magnetic. These meteorites are known to have been magnetized in strong magnetic fields before they crashed down onto Earth’s surface. It is important to understand how meteorites become magnetized and what magnetized meteorites tell us about the history of the solar system. Iron meteorites and chondrites that have been magnetized likely acquired their magnetization on their parent asteroids. There are at least three ways that an asteroid could acquire magnetization, and each implies a different formation history for the asteroid: (1) An asteroid could generate its own internal magnetic field and magnetize itself. (2) An external magnetic field could magnetize an asteroid. (3) An asteroid could become magnetized by the accretion of previously magnetized grains. Each mechanism requires different asteroid formation times and different degrees of thermal evolution. Despite the presence of magnetic meteorites, no asteroids have been robustly confirmed to be magnetic.