An orange glow, a loud rumble, a flash that lights up the sky – witnesses to a fireball will never forget the experience. What happens when the associated matter hits the earth’s surface? The University of Alberta Museums explores this topic in When the Sky Falls, a limited-engagement exhibition of meteorites and associated artifacts, July 30 – August 3 at the Enterprise Square Galleries (10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton). Hours: Tuesday-Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 12-4pm.
When the Sky Falls features more than a dozen meteorites from famous Western Canadian falls, all recorded and witnessed by the public: Bruderheim, Peace River, Innisfree, Vilna, Revelstoke, and Tagish Lake. “As actual pieces of another planet or asteroid, not only do these specimens hold incredible scientific value for research and teaching, they also serve as a stark reminder of the spectacular nature of meteorite falls, as well as the vulnerability of our species,” says Professor Chris Herd, Curator of the University of Alberta Meteorite Collection.
The meteorites from the U of A Museums will be exhibited alongside five pieces from the most recent, most dramatic, and possibly most famous fireball event, Chelyabinsk (Russia) from February 2013, seen for the first time in Canada at When the Sky Falls.
In advance of the exhibition, the public is invited to the free Barringer Invitational Lecture, Fireballs Producing Meteorites: From Chelyabinsk to Tagish Lake on Monday, July 29 at 7pm at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel (10111 Bellamy Hill), featuring Professor Peter Brown (Western University, London, ON).
When the Sky Falls coincides with the 76th annual meeting of the Meteoritical Society (International Society for Meteoritics and Planetary Science), a gathering of hundreds of the world’s most renowned meteorite researchers, hosted in Edmonton for the first time.