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Meteorites and Arizona's First Meteorite Man

  • 29 Jun 2017
  • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Camp Verde Library, 130 N Black Bridge Rd.

The Camp Verde Library is hosting Discover NASA: From Our Town to Outer Space. This is a traveling exhibit for libraries, as part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning a the Space Science Institute. Discover NASA is supported through a grant from NASA. The Camp Verde Library is the ONLY library in Arizona to host this exhibit.

During the exhibit, the library is hosting weekly astronomy lectures. The lecture on Thursday, June 29, at 6:30 pm will be given by Executive Director, Ken Zoll, on "Meteorites and Arizona's First Meteorite Man."  Ken is an Arizona Humanities Council presenter.

Harvey Nininger has been called the "father of modern meteoritics." As an exceptionally successful meteorite hunter, Nininger collected specimens of 226 meteorite falls not previously identified, of which only eight were actually seen to fall. He began collecting and studying meteorites in 1923, during a period when the leading scientists of the day thought there was nothing left to learn from them. By the time Nininger retired, the Space Age had dawned and meteorites had become a key component of research into the origin of the Earth and the Solar System. He established the American Meteorite Museum in 1946, near Winslow, Arizona, and then moved it to Sedona in 1953. The museum was closed in 1960 when he sold most of his collection to Arizona State University's Center for Meteorite Studies.

For more information visit their website at www.cvlibrary.org or call 928-554-8380.