Event: Falling Star

Photo: Laurent Ajina

4:00 pm: Live wall drawing performance by Laurent Ajina and conversation with Ludovic Ferrière, curator of the Meteorite Collection of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien

About 100 tons of extraterrestrial material fall onto Earth every day, most of it dust. In rare cases, a stone, or so-called meteorite, reaches the ground. Exactly 250 years ago, on Sunday, 20 November 1768, around 4:00 pm, a bright falling star was seen in Upper Austria. Soon after, a stone weighing about 21 kilograms was recovered. It was one of the oldest witnessed meteorite falls from which we still have samples preserved in collections; its remnant is the largest mete­orite known from Austria.