Dr Mike Simms

IAA Public Lecture, 25th September. Dr Mike Simms (UM): “1969; a special year for space rocks (and not just from the Moon)”

Mike is one of Ireland‘s leading meteorite experts, and has given us many fascinating lectures before. This one focuses on 3 very significant meteorite falls which, coincidentally, occurred in the same year as the first retrieved rocks from the Moon. One of those was the famous Bovedy Meteorite, that last one known to fall in N. Ireland. A fascinating talk is to be expected, delivered in Mike’s inimitable style. 


Summary of Mike’s talk:

1969 was an auspicious time for rocks from Space. Meteorite falls at Bovedy in Northern Ireland, Allende in Mexico, and Murchison in Australia, all led to breakthroughs in our understanding of the early Solar System. Rocks brought back by Apollos 11 and 12 gave us our first chance to find out if the Moon really was made of cheese looking for more information. And a chance discovery down in Antarctica was to have a fundamental influence on the future of meteoritics for decades to come.


Doors open about 7.15pm. There is free parking available on the campus in the evenings. Admission Free, including light refreshments avondale.uptownjungle.com. We are located in the Bell Theatre, Department of Mathematics and Physics, QUB – details here……

With thanks to the Astrophysics Research Centre, QUB, for assistance with this event.

Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building , QUB, 7.30pm

All welcome. Free admission, including light refreshments.

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