Dr. Paul Warren

Meteorites from the Moon

Location: Geology 3656
Time: 2:30PM

Paul will discuss how impacts eject fragments from the Moon and the variety of paths they can follow before accreting to the Earth. He will talk about the different terrains on the Moon including mare basalts and anorthositic breccias from the highlands. He will compare the different kinds of knowledge gained from lunar meteorites and the samples returned by the Apollo astronauts.




Show and Tell

Various speakers

Location: UCLA Meteorite Gallery
Time: 1PM

Our January event will be a show and tell in which we show and discuss some beautiful and important new additions to the Gallery. One of these is a new lunar meteorite “a lunar-highlands breccia” that includes several large angular fragments with different colors (shades of gray) and textures. It is similar to some samples returned from the Moon by the Apollo 16 astronauts. If you would like to bring a meteorite or meteorite-related sample to show, please let us know in advance: jtwasson@ucla.edu. We will print a list for distribution and invite some exhibitors to say a few words about what they are showing. If you are considering to bring something to show, please tell us in advance so that we have plenty of time to discuss logistics. That morning our Advisory Committee will meet and the members will also stay around during the afternoon to show some of their meteorites, old manuscripts, and meteorite-related art.




Exploring Your Universe 2017

Science Outreach

Location: UCLA Campus - Court of Sciences
Time: 12PM

Exploring Your Universe (EYU) is an annual science outreach day held on the UCLA campus, filled with exciting science demos, fun activities, and interesting talks. EYU has family-friendly activities that provide a wonderful look into real science for all ages, “from K through Gray”!




Marc Fries

How to find meteorites with weather-radar observations of fireballs: Opportunities for “citizen science” in the US and worldwide

Location: Geology 3656
Time: 2:30PM

The US maintains a nationwide network of Doppler weather radars, and it is possible to find meteorite falls using their freely-available radar imagery. This talk will describe what a meteorite fall is, how frequently they occur (Spoiler: About once per year in the US!), and instructions so that anyone with internet access can find them.




Prof. David Jewitt

From the Edge of the Solar System

Location: Geology 3656
Time: 2:30PM

We have discovered that a new comet, C/2017 K2, is active at record distance from the Sun. It appears to be making its debut in the planetary region, following 4.5 billion years in the frigid Oort cloud. David Jewitt will discuss the new object and describe what we know about the outer realms of the solar system.