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Space Rocks - Bringing the Universe down to Earth

If you have ever wanted to see a piece of the Moon or Mars, Space Rocks – bringing the universe down to Earth is an exhibition at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst that you will not want to miss.

This exhibition of meteorites and astrophotography from the Bathurst Observatory includes spectacular images taken by Ray Pickard as well as meteorites from across the globe from his collection.

The spectacular images of are taken from the Bathurst region, by the Bathurst Observatory and include 35 images of well-known galaxies, nebulas, comets, star clusters and planets including the Horse Head Nebula, the Sombrero Galaxy, Pleiades, the Moon, Saturn, Venus, Jupiter and the Milky Way.

The Meteorite collection on display range in size from a 61 kilogram meteorite found in Campo Del Cielo area of Argentina which fell to earth approximately 4-5,000 years ago, to small fragments of the Moon and Mars. They also include a 25g meteorite from the well documented spectacular fall in Chelyabinsk in Russia on 15 February 2013 as well as meteorites from well know Australian sites such as the Henbry in the Northern Territory, the even the local Central West Molong Meteorite found in 1912.

“ Meteorites are important to science, as they remain fairly unchanged in make up since the very formation of our solar system. They are older than Earth itself! Most meteorites on display are about 4.6 billion years old” explained Ray Pickard.

“There are some other types of meteorites that have arrived on Earth as the result of large asteroids hitting bodies other than other asteroids, and therefore we receive pieces of the surface of both Mars and the Moon,” he continued.

As well as astrophotography and the meteorite collection, the Observatory also contributes to national and international research projects and is known for its work on meteorites, asteroids and comets and offers regular public viewing nights, generally on a Friday and Saturday evening. In 2015 it was awarded a grant from the AMP Tomorrow Fund in 2015 to enable the purchase of better public tour telescopes and upgraded the imaging equipment.

Space Rocks- Bringing the Universe Down to Earth will be on display at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum at 224 Howick Street, Bathurst until 1 December 2017. Open 10am – 4pm Mon – Sat and 1-0 am – 2pm Sunday. Admission Charges apply.