2455 Old Penitentiary Road

Boise, ID 83712 (Next to the Old Pen)

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Meteorite Origins and Characteristics

March 20, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This talk will explore different types of meteorites, their origins, and defining characteristics.

Meteorites are as diverse as rocks on Earth, and with good reason: most come from the Asteroid Belt, where if not for Jupiter’s immense gravitational field, another solid planet would have formed. Accompanying the talk will be a display of some different types of meteorites, including Jerome – Idaho’s first officially recognized stone meteorite that until 2020 was hidden in a family’s basement for 65 years.

The lecture is set up for 15 participants each session and masks are required. Appropriate for older youth and adults. Feel free to contact operations@idahomuseum.org if you have questions.

Pre-registration tickets are required. Click here for tickets.

Lecturer: Steve Brittenham graduated UC Berkeley with a degree in bioelectronics, then took a job in Boise at Hewlett Packard designing mass storage devices. Now retired, he spends time on some of his favorite hobbies: fossils, minerals, and meteorites. Using his electronics background, he’s created novel ways of displaying and photographing his specimens, including macro and micro 3D photography and automated gigapixel imaging of meteorite thin sections.

Steve is a director with the International Meteorite Collectors Association and leads their Outreach Team, who are tasked with developing materials for members to use in helping to educate the public about meteorites.


March 20, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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