Fascinating exhibition of meteorites on Sheshan Hill

The Shanghai Astronomy Museum in Songjiang is holding an exhibition of meteorites until mid-October. The 30-plus meteorites from the moon, the Mars and the Mercury hold secrets of the universe.

One meteorite from the asteroid Vesta was found by Chinese scientists in the Antarctic. Another exhibit came from a meteor strike in Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013. There was also a rock from a large meteor that hit a farm on Chongming Island in 1966.

Mineral contents make some meteorites sparkle in gold, silver or green hues. Scientists can tell a meteorite from an ordinary rock by examining its mineral contents, said Tang Haiming, a secretary of the Shanghai Astronomical Society.

The museum on the western side of Sheshan Hill is open from 8:30am to 4pm. Admission is 12 yuan (US$1.8) for an adult and 8 yuan for a child.