Monday November 13 - 7:30pm
Multi-Purpose Room
Culver City Veterans Memorial

Meteorites, The Solar System, and Earth

An illustrated talk, with specimens, by Jason Utas


In his presentation, Jason will broadly cover meteorites, and then take a closer look at the mineralogy and textures of major types to show how geologic processes affected rocks and minerals in the early solar system.

Jason will briefly cover igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary petrology, and then examine some meteorites and terrestrial analogous familiar to rockhounds. In other words, “bring meteorites right down to Earth!”

Jason has always been interested in rocks, minerals,
and fossils, but his interests shifted to meteorites after his parents gave him a small meteorite for his 8th birthday. Since then, Jason and Peter, his father, have been hunting for and collecting meteorites, with the general aim of keeping larger meteorites from getting cut up into small pieces by dealers.

Jason is currently a PhD student at UCLA, studying geochemistry.

There will be a lot of samples on hand, many of which can be seen at

Members may bring a limited number of “Meteor- maybes” for Jason to evaluate, but be aware, they’re almost always “meteor-wrongs.”

Future Meetings

  • December 11 - HOLIDAY PARTY

General Meetings are held the second Monday of every month* at 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Veterans Bldg., 4117 Overland Ave. The Multi-Purpose Room is located in back of the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium Building. When you enter the parking lot (from Culver Blvd - closest to Overland Blvd) walk to the right when facing the building. Around the corner, you will a sign leading to the Multi-Purpose room. Follow the sign and our meeting is in the room with all the glass windows and doors.

See you there!

*) Except if it falls on a federal holiday or the day after the Fiesta of Gems annual show.

Guests are always welcome.....

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