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Down to Earth

Celebrating the centenary of the Strathmore Meteorite, Down to Earth was a small display that reunites the four fragments for the first time, along with pieces of the three other meteorites found on Scottish soil.
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10 November 2017 - 1 April 2018


National Museum of Scotland, Grand Gallery, Level 1

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Around 13:15 on 3 December 1917 scores of people, from Northumberland to Aberdeenshire, saw an unusually bright, fiery mass streaking through the sky. A loud explosion was heard and four fragments fell to earth between Coupar Angus and Blairgowrie in Strathmore. Three landed in fields and one crashed through the roof of a cottage. These four pieces were all recovered and collectively became known as the Strathmore Meteorite.

Peter Davidson, Senior Curator of Mineralogy, holds a fragment of the Strathmore Meteorite against a clear sky with the sun in the centre of the frame

Peter Davidson, Senior Curator of Mineralogy, examines a fragment of the Strathmore Meteorite.

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