See a real meteorite at Montreal's Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

Apr 17 2018, 11:52 pm

There’s always an element of mystery and wonder when it comes to all things space.

From the thousands of millions of stars, every planet of the solar system, and the countless asteroids and comets, there are entire worlds that are still yet to be discovered.

Until July 20, 2018, Montrealers will be able to see the Almahata Sitta meteorite at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium.

The Almahata Sitta meteorite is particularly unique. It was discovered in 2008 when astronomers saw an asteroid entering the earth’s atmosphere.

After tracking its trajectory they discovered it had exploded on impact. With the help of volunteers from a local university, nearly 600 pieces of the meteorite were recovered.

It was the first time in history that fragments of an asteroid were successfully recovered after impact.

General admission for the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium starts at $20.50 for adults, with a discount for residents of Quebec (simply input your postal code when purchasing online).

Guests will also be able to see a number of other space-related shows and exhibits. The Almahatta Sitta meteorite will be on display until July 20.

Almahatta Sitta meteorite

Where: Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium – 4801 Pierre-De Coubertin Ave

When: Until Friday, July 20, 2018

Time: All day

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