20-23 July 2023 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Space Rocks!

What does a piece of the Moon look like up close? Or a piece of Mars? Is it really red?

Spotting rocks from space is easy when they’re still hurtling through the sky. But once they’ve landed, how can we tell them from other boulders, stones or pebbles?

Hold pieces of the moon, collected by the Apollo astronauts, in your own hands, as well as meteorites from Mars and asteroids. Try out some space sleuthing yourself by trying out the tricks and techniques used by astro-geologists from the Earth and Solar System team. Venture into the fascinating world of Planetary Science, learn about the formation and history of our Solar System, and discover how 4.5 billion year old meteorites hold the key to understanding the history of our Solar System and how it evolved.