Learn about meteorites at a free special program set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hermiston Public Library, 235 E. Gladys Ave.
The event speaker will be Richard Pugh, a renowned meteorite scientist. He will bring $10,000 worth of meteorites, which guests are invited to pick up and handle.
Scientists say there is likely at least one undiscovered meteorite lying on the Earth’s surface within every half square mile. “The east side of the state is most intriguing to scientists. We know that there are meteorites out there and that it’s just a matter of time until they are found,” Pugh said. Pugh asks that anyone with a rock that he or she thinks may be a meteorite to bring it to the event for identification.
Meteorites are generally heavy, magnetic and irregular in shape, often with indentations that resemble thumbprints. They often appear rusty with a thin black or brown burned coating from being hurled through space.
For more information, call 541-567-2882.cq
The Cascadia Meteorite Laboratory of Portland State University, the Libraries of Eastern Oregon and Friends of the Hermiston Public Library are sponsoring the event.