39285 Kipkeino

Very happy to see that there is finally an asteroid named after one of my favorite athletes: the great Kenyan middle distance runner Kip Keino. He ripped the Mexico City 1500m in such a way that officials brought out stretchers at the finish line.

Erg Chech 002 maps

I’ve uploaded Erg Chech 002 BSE+optical+EDS maps (a and b) to our collection of gigapixel meteorite maps. It is a fascinating meteorite! I’m trying to understand it better, with a little help from my friends.

Cotswolds Meteorite

An incredibly exciting meteorite fall (carbonaceous chondrite, likely CM) in England, near the village of Winchcombe in the Cotswolds. This particular part of the world holds special significance for me and my family as I’ve walked the Cotswold Way with my mother, father, and brother, through Winchcombe, twice: in 2019 and 2011. It’s hard for me to fathom that this fall happened in the Cotswolds — amazing!

From Starlight to Stardust

The McDonnell Center for Space Sciences recently hosted these fantastic panel discussion on current problems in astrochemistry, cosmochemsitry, and the formation of planetary systems. The recording is available on youtube here.