Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

Meteorite Research

Meteoritenforschung am Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg

Sektion Meteoritenforschung
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main


The name meteorite is greek and means: that which originates in the atmosphere.  The section Meteoritenforschung studies mineralogical and chemical properties of meteorites. Mechanisms and time constraints on the formation of solid matter in our solar system and the formation of planets are in the center of our research interest. With the exception of lunar and martian meteorites, meteorites are fragments of asteroides. Collisions among objects in the asteroid belt and impacts on Moon and Mars eject rock fragments that can achieve Earth-crossing orbits.

Three major groups of meteorites are 
stone meteorites
iron meteorites
stony iron meteorites.