Meteoritics group



We are exploring the origins and evolution of the Sun, Moon, planets, asteroids and comets.

Group members

Researcher, Head of Division of Mineral and Planetary Sciences
Professor Sara Russell

Mineral Sciences and Systematics Researcher
Dr Paul Schofield

Dr Ashley King

Head of Collections - Earth Sciences
Dr Caroline Smith

Meteorites Curator
Dr Natasha Almeida



Dating chondrite meteorites and studying their chemical and mineral composition

The Moon

Studying the origin and early evolution of the Moon.

The changing sun

The changing sun

Understanding historical and current solar activity.


Studying material from comet 81P/Wild, collected by NASA's Stardust spacecraft


Meteorite blog

Catch up with the latest developments in the meteorite world.

Related information

Origins, evolution and futures research

Natural history specimens reveals the past, present and future of life, the solar system and Earth.

Mineral and planetary science research

Investigating the fundamental geological processes that shape our planet and the solar system.

Meteorite collections

The Museum houses one of the world's finest collections of meteorites, with around 5,000 individual pieces from 2,000 meteorites.