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Collecting Micrometeorites

Collecting Micrometeorites | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Have you ever wondered what happens to the tiny rocks that make up shooting stars? Well, you can find out by collecting micrometeorites! You'll collect samples from different locations and observe them under a microscope.


The hypothesis is that the dust collected from all the locations will contain some micrometeorites.

Method & Materials

You will collect samples from a rooftop gutter, an outdoor plant, and rainwater. You will use a magnet, a hotplate, and a microscope to observe the micrometeorites.
You will need a bottle of distilled water, a basin of water collected from a rooftop gutter, 20 leaves plucked from an outdoor plant, 2 plastic basins, a plastic pan with a large surface area, 3 beakers, 3 plastic bags, a strong magnet, a basin of rainwater, a hotplate, 3 needles, and a microscope.


The results show that micrometeorites were found in all 3 locations where the samples were collected. This proves that the hypothesis is true.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it allows you to explore the origins of the solar system and learn more about the tiny rocks that make up shooting stars.

Also Consider

To vary the experiment, you can collect samples throughout the different months of the year and compare the types of micrometeorites found. You can also collect samples after or during a meteorite shower.

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