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Happy Thanksgiving

2 weeks ago 1 148

Hello Everyone, Kathy here, wanting to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season.  For those of our visitors who might be visiting family in Northern Arizona please take some time and bring the family out to Meteor Crater to visit the best preserved crater on the planet. 

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Come visit us !

1 month ago 1 449

Hello Everyone, Kathy here, just want to remind everyone of our winter hours are from 8 am – 5 pm.  We do offer guided rim tours which start at 9:15 am and go through until 2:15 pm every day, weather permitting.  If we are experiencing inclement weather our guides do indoor presentations. 

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Barringer Family Visit

1 month ago 1 383

Hello Everyone, Kathy here, on Saturday 10-18 we were honored with a visit from the Barringer family.  We enjoyed having them stop by to see us  and getting to talk with them a bit.  Of the 71 Barringer family members we met 13 of them today.  Until next time….  Photo taken by: Roberta Watson


“Hunter’s Moon” Total Lunar Eclipse

2 months ago 0 565

Hello Everyone, Kathy here with a exciting science event that some of you may be able to view on Wednesday, October 8th 2014.  If you find yourself on the correct moonward facing hemisphere of the planet, do get out and observe the total lunar eclipse coming up on the morning of Wednesday,

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Meteor Crater Open House

2 months ago 0 522

Hello Everyone, Kathy here, sorry this is such short notice I wanted to invite all of you to Meteor Crater’s Open House, which is Sunday 28. 2014. A part of the Flagstaff Science Festival,  yes I know this is tomorrow, but if you were looking for something to do and live in Northern Arizona why not make the trip to see the world’s best preserved impact crater! Check out our interactive displays or take a 1/2 mile guided rim tour on a paved trail. (Weather Permitting)  Until next time…. for more information you may go to




Fun Fact

8 months ago 4 940

Hello Everyone, Kathy here with another FUN FACT: At the time of the impact here at Meteor Crater, animals such as mamoths, sloths, bison and camels roamed leisurely amongst the rolling hills and woodlands. The giant 20′ plus wingspan Teratorns flew in the skys above the yet to be named

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History Fact: Danel Barringer (Geologist)

8 months ago 2 997

Hello Everyone, Kathy here with a History Fact:  In 1902 Daniel Barringer learned of the existence of a large (1.5 km in diameter) crater, located 35 miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona.  The crater, known as Coon Mountain, had previously been studied by the chief U.S.G.S.  geologist Grove Karl Gilbert in

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Barringer Meteor Crater – Part 2 Investigating a Mystery

8 months ago 1 881

Hello Everyone, Kathy here with Part 2 of the Barringer Meteor Crater, Investigating a Mystery.  Although meteorite falls had been observed for hundreds of years, until the twentieth century no one had ever identified a crater created by a meteorite.  Most scientists rejected the possibility of such a crater, believing

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Barringer Meteor Crater – Part 1 A Crater is Born

8 months ago 2 828

Hello Everyone, Kathy here, 50,000 years ago, a giant fireball streaked across the North American sky.  At its core was a meteorite – a chunk of nickel iron about 150 feet (50 meters) wide.  THE METEORITE weighed 300,000 tons and traveled at a speed of 26,000 mph (12 kilometers per second). 

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History Fact: Extraterrestrial Impact

8 months ago 2 827

Hello Everyone, Kathy here with a History Fact:  Did you know that it was not until 1960 that later research by Eugene Merle Shoemaker confirmed Barringer’s hypothesis.  The key discovery was the presence in the crater of the minerals coesite and stishovite, rare forms of silica found only where quartz-bearing

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