11 February 2010

Riding with Meteorites is ready for take-off at the New Brunswick Museum!

 

Take a fascinating journey into the world of meteorites with the new travelling exhibition Riding with Meteorites. This family-fun exhibition takes visitors on a voyage through outer space where they encounter celestial objects on a potential collision course with Earth. Guiding them on this galactic journey are Téo the astronaut and Laïka the space dog. Interactive games, video clips, and new technologies will keep explorers of all ages busy discovering the fascinating world of meteorites. Riding With Meteorites is a joint production of the Musée minéralogique et minier de Thetford Mines, the Musée de la nature et des sciences, and the Musée du Fjord. The exhibition continues at the New Brunswick Museum, Market Square, Saint John until April 25, 2010.

Whether you're four or 84, this unique exhibition is full of discovery about our solar system.

• Visit the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter (the meteorite "nursery" of the solar system)
• Relive some famous meteor showers that have marked the surface of the Earth
• Examine close-up some meteorites from the Moon, Mars and elsewhere in our solar system that are among the rarest in the world
• Learn how meteorites affect planet formation (including Earth's origins), the beginnings of life on this planet and some consequences of meteor impacts, such as geological formations and mass extinctions, including the one that killed off the dinosaurs

The exhibition also features fragments from several Canadian meteorites, including:

• the famous St-Robert meteorite that fell in Quebec on June 14, 1994;
• the Peace River meteorite that fell in 1963 in Alberta;
• the Bruderheim meteorite that fell in Alberta, in 1960.

The focal point of the exhibition is a replica of Hoba, the largest known meteorite on Earth and which still lies at its place of impact in Namibia, Africa. The replica reproduces the exact dimensions of the original, which is approximately 3 metres wide. Riding with Meteorites also explores the influence of meteorites in the human imagination, in movies and in comic books. So... ready for take-off?

Riding With Meteorites is a joint production of the Musée minéralogique et minier de Thetford Mines, the Musée de la nature et des sciences, and the Musée du Fjord. Presentation of this travelling exhibition was made possible by a subsidy from the Museums Assistance Program offered by the Department of Canadian Heritage.  

To discover Riding with Meteorites visit the New Brunswick Museum, Market Square, Saint John. The exhibition continues until April 25, 2010.  For more information: 506-643-2300 / 1 888 268 9595.  Hours: Mon: Closed (except open Monday, March 1, 9 am-5 pm during March Break); Tue, Wed, Fri: 9 am - 5 pm; Thu: 9 am - 9 pm; Sat: 10 am - 5 pm; Sun: noon   5 pm; Holidays:  noon - 5 pm. Free admission during the month of February.

For further information:

Vita Kipping
Community Relations
New Brunswick Museum
Tel: 506-643-2358
Toll-free: 1-888-268-9595
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