# Meteorites

Created by Last updated 1/24/2018

The recent flash from a meteorite streaking through the sky over Michigan prompts an investigation into this astronomical phenomenon. These resources offer background information and support the NGSS DCI of Earth and the Solar System.

This list supports the following national standards:
Next Generation Science Standards
• ## Dawn: Find a Meteorite

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on a mission in the asteroid belt- the origin of most meteorites. This lesson will introduce students to basic characteristics of meteorites, and how those characteristics can be used to differentiate meteorites from Earth rocks.
AAAS Benchmarks: 4A/M4
• ## Mysterious Meteorites: Nobelsville Fall

To engage students in the study of meteorites, begin with this true story of two young boys who observe a meteorite fall just meters away from where they stood!
• ## What Effect Do They Have? Historical Meteorite Falls

Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information is one of the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices tied to literacy skills. This resource includes five articles on historically important meteors and meteorite falls that have occurred around the world. After reading the articles, students compare and contrast the events and answer related questions.
• ## Where Do They Come From? Searching for Meteorites

Students simulate and investigate a meteorite impact. Using a balloon filled with small aquarium rocks (meteorite fragments), flour (ejected crater material) and water (mass), student teams cast the balloons into a designated “meteorite field.” The challenges of meteorite retrieval are discovered through the collection, recording and analysis of their data.
AAAS Benchmarks: 12D/M1
• ## Where Do They Come From? Follow the Falling Meteorite

The path of a falling meteorite provides the context for this lesson; mathematics provides the tools for analyzing it. Using the geometry of triangulation, students analyze the path and speed of a meteor and then predict the location of the meteorite impact field. The exercise can be extended to calculating the velocity of a meteor and determining a meteor’s original orbit in space.
AAAS Benchmarks: 12D/E5, 11B/E2
• ## Where Do They Come From? The Meteorite-Asteroid Connection

Locating the asteroid belt and understanding its tie to meteorites are two foundational parts of this lesson. Students construct a paper, pencil and string-loop model of the inner solar system to examine relative distances within that system and the probabilities a meteorite impact.
AAAS Benchmarks: 9C/H1, 11B/M1, 4A/M3
• ## Bright Fireball Spotted Over Michigan – Watch the Skies

Read and share this posting from the NASA Blogs site dated January 18, 2018 – two days after the meteorite siting in Michigan. The blog provides information, data, a glimpse of the meteor from a meteor camera in Ohio, and a map showing the trajectory and density of eyewitness spotting.
• ## Meteors &amp; Meteorites - In Depth | Planets - NASA Solar System Exploration

A NASA Solar System Exploration article providing background information on meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites, significant dates related to the topic, a list of major meteor streams and a gallery of images.