Author Archive: Ian Nicklin

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Meteorite of the Month: Oriented Nose Cone

Posted: June 5, 2012 - 08:55 , by Ian Nicklin
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By Brendt C. Hyde and Ian Nicklin

A specimen featuring a textured and glassy rock surface.

Figure 1: Meteorite showing ‘thumbprint’ features referred to as regmaglypts.

A Super Event and a Super Moon

Posted: May 2, 2012 - 11:49 , by Ian Nicklin

An animated gif of the lunar liberation

The libration of the Moon over a single lunar month. Image credit: Tom Ruen

For all the space junkies and aspiring astronauts, the ROM is holding its first ever Space Weekend on May 5 and 6…it’s going to be out of this world!

Meteorite of the month: Springwater pallasite

Posted: January 25, 2012 - 10:52 , by Ian Nicklin
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specimen image of Springwater pallasite meteorite

The world's largest specimen of the Springwater pallasite meteorite.

Mineral of the month: serandite

Posted: January 17, 2012 - 08:47 , by Ian Nicklin
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specimen image a twinned serandite crystal

World's largest twinned serandite crystal.

Russian Space Probe will Crash to Earth this Week!

Posted: January 12, 2012 - 13:14 , by Ian Nicklin
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Contributed by Brendt C. Hyde and Ian Nicklin.

Meteorite or “Meteor-wrong”?

Posted: December 16, 2011 - 13:00 , by Ian Nicklin
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ROM Earth Scientists receive dozens of requests each year to identify possible meteorites. This is especially the case when there is a spectacular fireball similar to the one which recently streaked across southern Ontario on December 12 of this year (the video was captured by astronomers at the University of Western Ontario). Do you think you have found a space rock?

How Do I Identify a Space Rock?

Posted: October 3, 2011 - 12:06 , by Ian Nicklin
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Originally published in ROM Magazine, Fall 2010.

I found a blackened rock that I think might be a meteorite. How can I tell for sure?

Update from Dawn’s Exploration of Vesta

Posted: September 29, 2011 - 08:20 , by Ian Nicklin

Space junk: what goes up …

Posted: September 26, 2011 - 11:35 , by Ian Nicklin
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The ability to place man-made devices – satellites – in orbit around our planet has revolutionized the ways in which we communicate and allowed us to study our planet, our solar system and our universe in ways not otherwise possible. In fact, satillites are so useful that there is a growing lack of space in outer space. Our planet is surrounded by literally tens of millions of pieces of man-made material ranging from dust and flecks of paint, to multi-tonne satellites and spent rocket components.

Look Up! Annual August Meteor Showers Begin

Posted: July 29, 2011 - 09:26 , by Ian Nicklin

First Glimpse of 2011 Perseid Meteor Shower. (NASA/MSFC/Meteoroid Environment Office)

A look to the skies tonight will be a larger treat than in past years as the Perseid meteor showers begin their yearly August show in the night skies. Unfortunately this year the peak of the show will be on August 12, when a full moon is scheduled, so viewing will be hampered.