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Learn about the science behind the Murchison meteorite

By John Lewis

A free public lecture on the scientific importance of the Murchison meteorite will be held in Melbourne next week ahead of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the meteorite's spectacular arrival over the town in 1969.

Associate Professor Philipp Heck of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago will deliver the lecture The Murchison Meteorite - A Scientific Treasure Trove at The University of Melbourne's Parkville campus.

The main fraction of the Murchison meteorite was acquired by the Chicago museum and since has been curated there.

Prof Heck will give an overview of the meteorite's curation and highlight some of the most important discoveries made by studying the meteorite over the last 50 years.

The free lecture takes place on Wednesday, September 25 at the Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building (School of Earth Sciences) University of Melbourne campus from 6pm to 7.30pm.