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See a Bunch of Meteorites At UCLA's Meteorite Gallery For Free

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For a generation weaned on the likes of Deep Impact and Armageddon, the chance to see real life meteorites up close and personal is too cool.

UCLA’s Meteorite Gallery, which officially opened Friday and is free to the public, has the largest collection of meteorites in California and the fifth largest collection in the country, the LATimes reports. The collection includes pieces from 1,500 individual meteorites, which are pieces of rock that fall to Earth from space, many times broken off from huge asteroids—which have been seen hurtling toward the planet in many a schlocky disaster flick.

Though most of the time you can look, but you can’t touch the meteorites, you can touch the 357-pound chunk of space steel sitting in the main room of the museum. Other notable inclusions include a “piece of Mars” (!) blown off in an impact millions of years ago.

OK nerds, to see these things for yourself, head to Room 3697 of the Geology Building at UCLA’s campus in Westwood, located at 595 Charles E. Young Dr. East. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays (and some weekend afternoons, where grad students be around to answer questions).

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