Down2Earth is a project run by the Faulkes Telescope Project and is kindly supported by the National Museum of Wales and the Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

The project encompasses a variety of resources for students enabling them to learn more about the properties of asteroids and comets including their detection, orbits, deflection, possibility of impacts and the properties of meteorites.

Using the Impact Calculator, students can create a virtual impact on Earth by changing the size, speed and composition of an approaching asteroid or comet.

Hand specimens are available on loan to educational institutions in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland through our Meteorite Loan Box programme.

Our Earth gathers about 100 tonnes of extra terrestrial material every day. Most of this material enters the atmosphere as tiny dust particles and burns up as meteors. However some of this material is a lot larger and can pose a greater threat to the Earth, therefore the study of both asteroids and comets may prove to be vital to the continued survival of our planet.