Earth has many neighbors in space besides other planets and moons. There are many smaller objects, from minute dust particles to asteroids many miles in diameter, with an occasional visitor such as a comet. When these interplanetary particles enter our atmosphere they are called “shooting stars” or meteors. When they land on earth, they are called meteorites. Geologist Richard A. Smath will be our guide to all of these space travelers.
Richard A. Smath has been a geologist at the Kentucky Geological Survey for 35 years. He is now working on the preservation of out-of-print maps and publications into digital formats that then can be viewed and downloaded by the public on our website 24/7.