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The Murchison Meteorite – A Scientific Treasure Trove

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Fritz Loewe Theatre: McCoy Building: University of Melbourne

253-275 Elgin Street

Carlton, VIC 3053

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This September, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fall of the Murchison meteorite, one of the most important meteorites to science.

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Since its fall near Murchison, Victoria in 1969, the Murchison meteorite has been the source of numerous spectacular discoveries. Thanks to the large amount recovered and its availability to the scientific community, the Murchison meteorite is one of the most studied carbonaceous chondrites.

The main fraction of Murchison was acquired by the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and since has been curated there. Associate Professor Philipp Heck will give an overview of Murchison curation and highlight some of the most important discoveries made by studying Murchison in the last 50 years.

Associate Professor Philipp Heck’s research interests include meteorites and their components (in particular presolar grains and CAIs), micrometeorites, and cosmic dust. Heck and his collaborators study these samples with the following techniques: noble gas mass spectrometry, atom-probe tomography, SIMS, NanoSIMS, SEM, FIB-SEM, Raman spectroscopy, Q-LA-ICPMS, and uCT. Heck currently teaches the accretion of extraterrestrial matter to Earth, research and reading. Heck curates the meteorite, rock and mineral collection at the Field Museum of Natural History

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Fritz Loewe Theatre: McCoy Building: University of Melbourne

253-275 Elgin Street

Carlton, VIC 3053

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