I was invited by Annie Carpenter and Nicola Ellis to Allenhead Arts for a few days of art and science during the night of the Orionids meteor shower, hoping for clear yet dark skies. They had been resident artists there over the last few months https://www.acart.org.uk/ .
In a continuing effort to make my activities more sustainable and portable, I decided to cycle from Penrith to a remote location in the heart of the North Pennines which boasts the darkest skies in the UK. I was one of the most hellish bike rides I have ever endured. And I am no stranger to big hilly bike rides. One of my typical problems when taking part in this kind of open-ended participatory creative gathering is just taking too much kit. Cycling helps keep things minimal. I took a portable microscope, collecting equipment, Petri dishes and bags. And a retrieval magnet. With these, we could hunt for Tardigrades and also attempt to collect micrometeorites.
We set up a huge tarp to collect any materials falling from the sky overnight. The next day we washed this down with water and collected the magnetic particles…
And after some time searching we found several objects which looked like the could be micrometeorites….
[we found a clay hole and made stuff directly from the ground.]