'Meteorite Men' rock Tellus on National Astronomy Day
by Mark Andrews
Apr 21, 2013 | 2588 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Astronomy Day at Tellus
Matthew Hughett traces the sun with the help of Tellus Science Museum's Sharon Christensen and John Absalon. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Tellus Science Museum on Saturday celebrated National Astronomy Day with a number of special events, including a lecture by Geoff Notkin and Seve Arnold, stars of the Science Channel TV show “Meteorite Men.” During the lecture, titled “Meet the Meteorite Men,” the duo spoke to a crowd of museumgoers on the scientific and humorous aspects of their show, also addressing attendees on how individuals of all ages can contribute to science.

“Reality TV is kind of an umbrella term, which basically is any [TV show] that isn’t scripted and our show isn’t scripted, for the most part,” Arnold said.

Notkin explained that while the show’s director may ask for additional enthusiasm, the events in the show are not scripted.

“I’ll say, ‘Let me find a meteorite and then I’ll be excited,’” Notkin said to the crowd, who then erupted in laughter. “The show is the way it happened, and there were occasionally times where the tape would run out and someone would go, ‘OK, redo that,’ but we didn’t plant meteorites and we didn’t refind meteorites.”

According to www.meteoritemen.com, since 2009, the stars of “Meteorite Men” have spent three seasons of the show traveling throughout the U.S. and the world using advanced equipment, including military-grade bomb detectors, on their quest to uncover meteorites — pieces of space matter that have fallen to the earth.

Other events Saturday at Tellus included Family Science Night, where attendees had the opportunity to view the moon, Jupiter, the double star Algieba or Saturn. Also on Saturday, the museum had on display winning projects from the 2013 Georgia Science and Engineering Fair.

According to www.tellusmuseum.org, “The winners were selected from 17 different categories, including animal sciences, behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science and more.”

During the “Meet the Meteorite Men” lecture, Notkin and Arnold reiterated to the crowd that while they always have had an interest in science, they did not know at a young age how their passion would guide their career.

“We had an opportunity to view science exhibits of the young scientists here in Georgia, alas briefly, but it was fascinating,” Notkin said. “The reason why we chose to work in television and why we choose to do events like this is because it’s very important for us to encourage young people to pursue their dreams of becoming scientists and it’s extremely extraordinary the level of work that has been done by these young scientists.”

He added, “... Young scientists of Georgia, you are our future. Not just for Georgia, but for the world.”