From Space Rocks to Science Walks: Henbury Meteorites Reserve


Approximately 4,700 years ago, a meteor weighing several tonnes struck the Central Australian desert in the Northern Territory, resulting in 12 distinct craters, now part of the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve open for exploration. Traveling at a staggering 40,000 km/h, the meteor fragmented upon impact. Fragments from this meteor are displayed at the Museum of Central Australia. While each crater varies in appearance, with some being subtle, the most prominent one spans 180m in width and plunges 15m deep, offering the best views during early morning or late afternoon.

Visiting the reserve is like stepping into a space story. Each crater is a mark from a meteorite crashing onto Earth, reminding us of the massive power of these space rocks and the ways they’ve shaped our world.

Beyond its beauty, the reserve is an educational hotspot. It offers deep insights into meteorites and geology, with guided walks that teach and amaze. Amidst the dry, desert scenery, visitors learn how meteorites have shaped our planet and the science behind it. In essence, the Henbury Reserve isn’t just a cool place to visit; it’s a testament to the amazing dance between Earth and the universe.

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