“Since its establishment, the museum has played important scientific roles, including bringing meteorites closer to students and scholars.”
Meteorites are pieces of solid cosmic material that fall to Earth. The university established the museum in 2016 to preserve the scientific significance of these space rocks and to bring them closer to students and scholars.
One of the museum’s two sections is dedicated to displaying the museum’s collection of meteorites, along with detailed information about them. The second presents audio-visual shows and documentaries about meteors and astronomy. The museum also offers information on how to search for meteorites, the tools used, and statistics and locations of Moroccan meteorite landings.
Ibhi said that establishing a museum of meteorites at the university was a dream he had had for years.
“Since its establishment, the museum has played important scientific roles, including bringing meteorites closer to students and scholars,” he said.
It also has saved Moroccan meteorites from being lost, or taken out of the country illegally, he added.
Morocco is known as a hub for marketing meteorites globally, and many have been smuggled through the kingdom from North African deserts to international collectors.
Specialized Studies of Meteorites
Ibn Zohr University’s Faculty of Science study provides specialized modules in meteorites and astronomy for geology students. The University Museum of Meteorites provides them with training and practical experience. It also allows them to work closely on meteorite samples without having to travel through deserts to search for them.