Cranbrook Institute of Science invites you to celebrate Asteroid Day, a global movement established to heighten awareness of the potential threat to humanity posed by asteroid impacts. On Friday June 30 at 7:30pm Cranbrook Institute of Science Curator of Meteorites John Zawiskie explores the origin and use of meteoric iron and asteroid impact glass by the ancient Egyptians in Tutankhamun and Rocks from Space. On July 1, the Institute of Science will offer free lectures and activities including the chance to inspect and handle genuine meteorites from around the world, and the opportunity to explore a special Tutankhamun and Rocks from Space exhibition.   


On-going 1 to 4pm,inspect and handle genuine meteorites from around the world, asteroid impact glass (tektites – moldavites, indochinites and Libyan desert glass), shatter cones and other impact deposits from the institute’s extensive education collection – the largest in Michigan; and learn to tell meteorites from meteor-wrongs and make a take-away asteroid model from modelling clay.

2pm lecture by Institute Curator of Meteorites John Zawiskie. Still the Crater of Doom - an update on the impact theory for dinosaur extinction, including a display of the impact fall out layer collected from southern Colorado and the present day asteroid threat to humanity.

3pm tour of temporary Tutankhamun and Rocks from Space exhibit, focusing on the use of meteoric iron and Libyan Desert Glass by the ancient Egyptians; and other components from our permanent meteorite exhibit dealing with historic asteroid impacts in Egypt (Kamil Crater), Russia (Tunguska, Chelyabinsk and Sikhote Alin); several meteorites that have fallen in Michigan and Canada; and the Sudbury impact shatter cones and base surge deposits, recently collected near Marquette, Michigan.

The theme is further enhanced by planetarium shows and visiting our cutting edge Cranbrook Observatory (weather permitting). All Asteroid Day lectures and activities are free with admission, planetarium requires separate fee.