RIESTER donates fresh-from-space meteorites to Clark Planetarium

Published on August 7, 2013

Russian meteorite close upOn February 15, the largest object since 1908 entered Earth’s atmosphere above Chelyabinsk, Russia. The asteroid was the size of a 7-Eleven convenience store and was traveling at 41,000 miles per hour before it shattered into thousands of pieces. The resulting release of energy of the impact was more than 30 times the power of the bomb at Hiroshima!

The asteroid became international news due to its size, level of destruction, and from the dozens of amateur videos that captured the asteroid’s fiery path across the sky.

Always ready to seize upon an opportunity, RIESTER secured some of these fresh-from-space meteorites for Clark Planetarium, a longtime client and an important science center in Utah. Today, these space rocks are being unveiled at the Planetarium.

Clark Planetarium Director Seth Jarvis is conducting a media tour throughout Salt Lake City today to discuss this latest addition to Clark Planetarium’s meteorite collection. The Salt Lake Tribune has also run a piece on the new exhibit. The Chelyabinsk meteorites will be part of the permanent display at the Planetarium, making it possible for visitors to see these pieces of history for many, many years.

RIESTER is proud to be the donors of these fascinating meteorites. We hope you will visit the Planetarium to see them for yourselves!