The study of meteorites can reveal how the solar system first began, what life is like on other planets and how these planets were formed. Find out how often these messengers from space fall, where they end up and what other secrets they tell us.
Find out where meteorites come from and where they can be found in this short introduction.
Why do meteorites fall from the sky? Has anyone been killed by a meteorite? Find out the answers as well as how to contact us if you have a meteorite enquiry.
How often do meteors strike Earth, where are they most likely to hit, and is there any warning?
There are three main groups of meteorite. They differ in the amount of iron-nickel metal they contain.
Very few people actually see meteorites hit the ground and most fall into the sea and are lost. So where are the best places to spot them?
The Museum has a collection of over 2,000 meteorites. Rotate our virtual specimens and take a 360 degree look.
Diamonds in meteorites are produced in two different ways, from two different sets of material.
Many of the conditions that create meteorites are not like anything on Earth. Discover the fascinating yet difficult field of meteoritics, the study of meteorites.
Search the Catalogue of Meteorites, the world taxonomic database of meteorite falls and finds.
Although almost all meteorites come from the asteroid belt, a few have come from the Moon and Mars.
Over 30 meteorites have come from Mars. Find out how studying their mineralogy and geochemistry tells us about the Red Planet.
Meteorite expert Monica Grady discusses where meteorites come from and what they can tell us about the Earth's beginnings.
Interview with Sara Russell, Head of the Mineral and Planetary Sciences Division. Sara has spent three summers collecting meteorites in Antarctica. Find out what is involved.
Some meteorites, called CI chondrites, contain quite a lot of water; more than 15% of their total weight. Scientists have suggested that impacts by meteorites like these could have delivered water to the early Earth. The water in CI chondrites is loc...
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:45:58
We’re delighted to announce the start of a new meteorites project called Shooting Stars @ the Natural History Museum that aims to observe meteors over the UK. Meteors (also known as shooting stars) are dust and rocks from space that genera...
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:36:45