Meteorites are natural pieces of rock that fall to Earth from outer space. As they pass through the atmosphere, the outer layers are heated by friction, causing them to glow brightly and giving rise to the visual phenomena of a shooting star.
Some meteorites are as old, or older, than the age of the Earth. Their chemical composition preserves information on the earliest history of our Solar System and can give clues to how they, and our planet, might have formed.
Below is a selection of images from the Meteorite collections held at Amgueddfa Cymru - click on an image to find out more.
- 26 July 2007