taking bearings

Follow the Falling Meteorite - booklet version

In this activity you will track a meteor’s path using a technique known as triangulation which can be used to measure the direction to an object from two known locations. From this you can predict where the meteorites might be found.

Following the Falling Meteorite

Students will track a meteor's path using triangulation and predict where its meteorites might be found. The exercise can be extended to calculate the velocity of a meteor and understand how scientists can determine a meteor's original orbit in space.