TALK: Do meteorites fall in Connecticut?

Dr. Stefan Nicholescu, a mineralogist and collections manager in the Division of Mineralogy at Yale’s Peabody Museum, will deliver a free talk about meteorite falls in Connecticut Thursday, June 4, at 6 p.m., at the Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace.

The neighborhood of planet Earth is filled with space debris and, according to NASA estimates, every day about 100 tons of meteoroids enter the Earth’s atmosphere. These fragments of dust (mostly) and gravel and sometimes even big rocks usually meet a fiery demise in the atmosphere. But sometimes they don’t. Every year, if you’re lucky, you can view 12 principle meteor showers and the occasional great ball of fire.

NASA says chances of being struck by a meteorite are pretty low. Your odds of winning the lottery twice in a row are much better.

The public is invited to this free talk, where we will learn what fell on Connecticut recently.

Advance registration is required for this talk. Call 203-256-3166 Monday through Friday, from 9-3:30. The Senior Center is handicapped accessible.

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