Staff Pick: How the Meteorite Got to the Museum

Staff Pick: How the Meteorite Got to the Museum

How the Meteorite Got to the Museum

This nonfiction book for elementary-school-age children details the steps that brought a meteor from outer space, across the eastern US, to the roof of a car in Peekskill, New York, and thereafter to be verified, tested, and exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History. Hartland breaks down complex actions and processes in kid-friendly terms and includes pages of fascinating meteor details.

Ever wonder what happens when a rock survives a fall from outer space and lands on Earth or even in your backyard? Usually this doesn’t happen but it did on October 9, 1992 in a town called Peekskill, New York. This particular meteorite entered the Earth’s atmosphere over the state of Kentucky. Virginians saw its fiery trail in the sky, Pennsylvanian’s watch it fly above their football game and one teenage in Peekskill heard the crash as it hit the trunk of her car. Once the police investigated and the firemen cooled the rock, it started its journey to the American Museum of Natural History—at least one piece of it did. The teenage whose car it hit became the owner of the meteorite. The next time you decide to do star gazing on a clear, dark night, chances are you might just see at least one meteor streak across the sky. And maybe even land in your backyard!

Recommended by:  Joan Emmert, InfoZone

 

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