Closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Location: Geology 3697
Time: 12AM

The UCLA Meteorite Gallery will be closed this upcoming Monday, January 20th in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Gallery will re-open on Tuesday with its regular hours. Note: The gallery will keep its regular hours and stay open this Sunday, January 19th with a docent present.





2019-20 Winter

Location: Geology Building - Slichter Room 3656
Time: 9AM

The Meteorite Gallery will be closed for the Holidays from Saturday, December 21st, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1st, 2020, and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Happy Holidays to everyone and a Happy New Year!




Professor Dave Jewitt

Interstellar objects in the Solar System

Location: Geology Building - Slichter Room 3656
Time: 2:30PM

Dave is an observational astronomer who has a nose for leading edge problems. He and his students were the first to document the large set of Kuiper-belt objects orbiting beyond Neptune. For the first time, we are able to study objects passing through the solar system from interstellar space. The two known interstellar objects ‘Oumuamua and Borisov are both thought to be ejecta from planetary systems elsewhere in the Milky Way galaxy but, curiously, their appearances are completely different. I will present UCLA observations of both objects and discuss their big-picture scientific significance.




Exploring Your Universe

Meteorite Gallery

Location: Geology Building - Slichter Room 3656
Time: 12PM

Exploring Your Universe is an annual science festival held on the campus of UCLA. Founded in 2009 by graduate students in UCLA’s Astronomy Division, the event is now the largest science outreach event on campus with over 7,000 guests and participation from student groups, departments, and faculty across all science disciplines. Exploring Your Universe is made possible by the hard work of our volunteers in our organizing committee and participating groups. We are very grateful of our sponsors, who help support Exploring Your Universe and allow us to bring this event to our community free of charge.




Dr. Paul Warren

Lunar Exploration: Prospects for the Next Few Decades

Location: Geology Building - Slichter Room 3656
Time: 2:30PM

The past three decades have seen much progress in lunar science, driven mainly by orbital probes, lunar meteorites, and ever-improving technology for sample analysis. Because the Moon’s surface is well-sampled and not highly diverse, limited progress can be expected from additional orbiters, unmanned rovers, and even sample-acquisition missions, unless the landing targets is a geologically novel area, and/or includes Apollo-15/16/17 style selective and ample sampling by astronauts. The good news is, China and the USA are racing to a second era of manned exploration; and technically challenging unmanned-probes may be seen as relatively inexpensive complements to manned exploration.