UCLA Meteorite Collection

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Photo of the 162 kilograms (357 lb) Clark Iron in the UCLA meteorite museum.

The UCLA Collection of Meteorites is one of the largest meteorite collections in the United States. The collection of meteorites began in 1934 when William Andrews Clark, Jr. donated a 357 lb (162 kg) fragment of the Canyon Diablo meteorite, now known as the Clark Iron. Over time, the collection grew to include over 2400 samples from about 1500 different meteorites.[1] They have forty mostly complete meteorites.[2] A museum exhibiting 100 specimens from the larger collection opened to the public in 2013,[3] with a grand opening in January 2014.[1]


  1. ^ a b Wolpert, Stuart. "Space rocks hit UCLA: California's largest meteorite museum opens on campus". January 8, 2014. UCLA. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "UCLA Meteorite Collection". UCLA Meteorite Collection. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "UCLA Meteorite Museum displays extensive collection to the public for the first time". May 16, 2013. UCLA. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 

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Coordinates: 34°04′08″N 118°26′28″W / 34.069°N 118.441°W / 34.069; -118.441