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Wisconsin meteorite shards on display at UW Geology Museum

Pieces from the fireball that fell in southwestern Wisconsin April 14 will be showcased through the weekend.
Provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Midwest meteor
The fireball meteor was captured at 10 p.m. CDT April 14 from a web cam atop the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science Building in Madison, Wisconsin.
University of Wisconsin - AOS/SSEC
April 20, 2010
At least five pieces of the meteorite that fell in southwestern Wisconsin last week will be on display at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Geology Museum for public viewing Tuesday, April 20 through Sunday, April 25.

Each piece is approximately the size of an unshelled peanut and is partially covered with a thin "fusion crust" of dark material that forms when a meteor heats up as it passes through Earth's atmosphere.

The museum will have special extended hours this week and weekend for seeing the meteorites and other exhibits: Tuesday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday noon-4 p.m.

"We want to share this piece of Wisconsin history with as many people as possible before we return the pieces to their owners," says Brooke Norsted, assistant director of the museum.

The museum also has pieces of five of the 12 previous known meteorite falls in Wisconsin.

Sunday, April 25 is the Geology Museum's annual open house, with special activities for the whole family including "make-a-quake" and geology bingo. At 2 p.m., geophysics professor Harold Tobin will talk about what causes earthquakes and some of the recent quakes around the world.
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