The British and Irish Meteorite Society (BIMS)
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|140303 - Image of the Month for March 2014 |
This months exemplary specimen is a 5.2g part-slice of the 97 year old Scottish fall Strathmore (L6). The image was kindly provided by Kieron Heard. Click here to view the image in the Gallery or here for our archive of all previous "Image of the Month" images.
More image of the month submissions are always welcome!
|140202 - Image of the Month for February 2014 |
Just a year ago this month the Chelyabinsk (LL5) meteorite entered the Earth's atmosphere in the most spectacular style before peppering the local area with meteorites. This months image of an excellent 127g individual was kindly provided by Mike Simms. Click here to view the image in the Gallery or here for our archive of all previous "Image of the Month" images.
Naturally, more image of the month submissions are, as always, welcome.
|140125 - BIMS display of meteorites at Ensisheim 2014 |
|BIMS members Martin Goff, Graham Ensor and Luther Jackson will be putting on a display of UK and Irish meteorites at this year's Ensisheim Show in June. The display is titled "BRITISH AND IRISH METEORITES - Exhibit of Selected Meteorite Samples from the Collections of British and Irish Meteorite Society (BIMS) Members".|
They will also be showcasing BIMS activities by highlighting some of the previous displays BIMS members have put on. The meteorite show is held every year in June in the French town of Ensisheim. The historic meteorite of Ensisheim that fell in 1492 is still displayed in the Regency Palace there. The website for the town will have more details on the show soon and can be seen here. I am sure Martin, Graham and Luther will show off some of what BIMS is about and spread the word about our society.
|140116 - BBC Stargazing Live at Leicester University |
|BIMS members Martin Goff, Graham Ensor and Luther Jackson recently attended a BBC Stargazing Live event held at Leicester University. They had a great evening and were kept busy all night with plenty of visitors stopping by their display. A writeup of the event and some photos can be seen here.|
Also as usual they ran a competition to guess the weight of the meteorite with the winner getting 3 x NWA 869 meteorites as a prize The lucky winner has just been drawn and is...... drum roll please.......... Harry Jethwa. Congratulations Harry
|131227 - Image of the Month for January 2014 |
The new year brings us a part-slice of Tulia (b), one of Nininger's finds from 1917.The image was kindly provided by Barry Lee. Click here to view the image in the Gallery or here for our archive of all previous "Image of the Month" images.
I know I risk sounding like a broken record, but more image of the month submissions are, as always, welcome.
|131212 - BIMS Donations |
The British and Irish Meteorite Society has come on in leaps and bounds over the last few years. We have a great website and a new forum which is working well. We are also attending more and more outreach/educational events which we have had excellent feedback from. The more events we attend the more we get asked to do and we have a number of such events planned for 2014. To ensure that we can continue in this vein and improve even more, we as a society have decided that instead of charging a membership fee, we will instead ask for donations on a yearly basis. This then leaves it up to individual members whether to donate or not. The more we grow as a society and the more outreach/educational events that we attend the greater grow our costs. At the moment our website and associated fees are paid by a single member. Our display boards and lighting again have been paid for by another member and the cost of printing posters have been borne by someone else etc. etc. Some of these costs are one off purchases and we get continued use out of those investments, however others are ongoing costs and it really shouldn't be the case that these are continually paid for by the same individual members. These are the reasons we are asking for donations and the money raised each year will go towards these continuing expenses. Each and every item of expenditure will be discussed on the forum and before being paid must be authorised by Mark Ford (Chairman) and myself (Treasurer) On a yearly basis i will also post the totals for money raised and money spent so the process is transparent.
The Paypal email to donate to is firstname.lastname@example.org We have suggested a donation amount of £10 but if you wish to donate less (or more) then that is fine too
We will do a yearly call for donations and the date for this has been selected as 13th December which is the date which the Wold Cottage meteorite fell in 1795
I would also ask that you consider what it is that you like about BIMS (or don't like), any suggestions as to what we could do that we don't do already, anything we can improve upon etc. etc. Depending on the amount of money raised we may be able to fund other projects that we currently are unable to do. Your feedback as a member is very important and we value every idea or suggestion that we receive, This is your society and without your membership we wouldn't exist
Many thanks in advance for your assistance in making BIMS the society that it is and helping to make it even better
|131129 - Image of the Month for December |
Our members image of the month for December is a sizeable slice of NWA 527, proving that a common classification of L5 can still make for a breathtaking meteorite.The image was kindly provided by Mark Ford. Click here to view the image in the Gallery or here for our archive of all previous "Image of the Month" images.
More image of the month submissions are, as always, welcome.
|131101 - North-West AstroFest 2013 |
|BIMS members Martin Goff, Graham Ensor and Luther Jackson had a great time at the inaugural North West Astro Fest event last weekend. They put on a stunning display of meteorites and shared their enthusiasm for space rocks with countless visitors over the two days. Photo's will be available on Martin's website in due course.|
They held a "guess the weight of the meteorite" competition and had over 300 entries. The actual weight was 5391g. The closest entry was 5436g, only 45g off and the winner was Emma Williams-Tully. Congratulations Emma (pictured below).
|131101 - Image of the Month for November |
If I could only collect a single group of meteorites I would choose the eucrites. Whilst it is true to say I have a soft spot for chondrules, especially in thin section, the huge variety that exists within the eucrite classification is astonishing. This month Barry Lee provides us with an image of a classic monomict breccia eucrite, NWA 6618. Click here to view the image in the Gallery or here for our archive of all previous "Image of the Month" images.
More image of the month submissions are, as always, welcome.
|131012 - "Atmospheric stones and other circumstances" |
BIMS member Kieron Heard has written a highly detailed account of the Limerick meteorite and its fall which had its 200th Anniversary last month. The report is titled "Atmospheric stones and other circumstances - 200 years of the Limerick Meteorite" and can be accessed from our Publications page.
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