Small Worlds in Collision: Recent Meteorite Falls in California Peter Jenniskens SETI Institute
Monday April 8th at 7:30pm, Planetarium On April 22, 2012, a small asteroid impacted close to home in California—at Sutter's Mill, the site where gold was first discovered in 1848, leading to the California Gold Rush. Meteor astronomer Dr. Peter Jenniskens kept a tally of finds and mobilized NASA Ames Research Center into leading the recovery effort from the air and the ground. 77 meteorites were found. He will summarize research results reported in a recent 70-author Science article, and also discuss a second meteorite fall that happened in Novato and Sonoma on October 17 and was recovered thanks to an ongoing allsky video surveillance of meteor showers in the Bay Area. If you are interested in having your potential Sutter's Mill or Novato meteorite validated, please bring it to the meeting.