Obscura Day 2016: Space Rocks - UCLA Meteorite Collection - Atlas Obscura

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Obscura Day 2016: Space Rocks - UCLA Meteorite Collection

Explore extraterrestrial materials at one of the world’s largest meteorite collections.

Meet Clark Iron, a 4.5 billion year old meteorite, weighing in at 375-pounds. 50,000 years ago, this ancient rock was part of an asteroid that crashed into Earth leaving behind a mile-wide scar known as Meteor Crater. Today, it's the centerpiece of UCLA's Meteorite Gallery, one of the world's largest collections of meteorites.

Join Field Agent Erin Johnson as we explore UCLA's vast collection of space rocks with Cosmochemist, Alan Rubin. During this exclusive tour, Alan will give us a brief introduction to meteorites and then share highlights from the collection, including several specimens found right here in California. In addition, we'll see meteorites from the Moon and Mars and if we're lucky, Alan might share a few details about his research on extraterrestrial materials and the origin of our Solar System!

Notes for this adventure:

- The Meteorite Gallery is located in the Geology Building on the UCLA campus. Exact location and directions will be emailed to ticket holders prior to the event.
- Recommended for ages 12 and up.
- Parking: Free parking is difficult to find on Saturdays, but Lot 2 has reasonable rates: $2 for one hour, $4 for two hours, and $8 for one day (rates on work days are 50% higher). You can pay with credit card or cash.
- Go Metro! Click here for info about public transportation.
- Photography is encouraged! Tag @atlasobscura #obscuraday #meteorites #spacerocks
- A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will help support the ongoing operations of the UCLA Meteorite Collection.

Advance tickets only. All sales are final.

Spend the day with us! Browse the LA Schedule to plan your day.

After a full day of exploring, join us for an after-party at Valley Relics w/ DJ Mukta Mohan & Magician Siegfried Tieber! Celebrate adventure with your fellow explorers, surrounded by retro signage and other modern commercial antiquities.