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Maine Goes to the Moon . . . Sort Of
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Posted: March 28, 2024
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    An exhibit at Portland International Jetport in Maine features a large piece of the Moon. (Darryl Pitt via AP)


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Fly me to the Moon. Or at least to Maine.

Maine’s largest airport has a new treasure. It’s the second-largest piece of the Moon on Earth. The Moon piece is about the size of a football. The Portland International Jetport borrowed it from the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum.

The extraterrestrial chunk went on display at the airport on Tuesday. Organizers joke that it gives Maine travelers a chance to go somewhere no other airport can take them—the Moon. The piece is in an exhibit with one of the world’s largest pieces of Mars and other samples.

The exhibit is “full of beautiful examples of meteorite specimens from the Moon, Mars, and the asteroid 4 Vesta,” says Cari Corrigan. She is in charge of the meteorites at the Smithsonian Institution.

The Moon chunk weighs about 94 pounds. It broke off when an asteroid struck the Moon. It was found in Libya in 2021. When exactly did the piece fall? No one knows for sure.

It’s a good time to show off the Moon in Maine. On April 8, Mainers—and many others in North America—will get to see a total solar eclipse. Solar eclipses happen when the Moon crosses between the Sun and the Earth. In a total eclipse, the Moon completely blocks the Sun. The Moon is much smaller than the Sun. But it’s also much closer. From our perspective, it appears to cover the Sun.

 No need to rush to the airport to see the Moon up close though. The Moon chunk will rest there for five years.

He made the Moon to mark the seasons; the Sun knows its time for setting. — Psalm 104:19