“Death from the Skies!”
Saturday 5:00 pm :: Mitchell Physics Building Room 205
Asteroids, comets, and impacts, oh my! The Earth sits in a cosmic shooting gallery: Over a million asteroids bigger than 100 meters in size cross Earth’s orbit, posing a potential threat. What can we do about them? Astronomer and author Dr. Phil Plait will discuss the problem of impacts, how we can find these rocks, how we can stop them from hitting us, and – because he can’t help himself – debunk a few misconceptions about asteroids, too.
Dr. Phil Plait, a.k.a. The Bad Astronomer, is an astronomer, writer, popular science blogger, and an advocate for science. He has worked as part of the Hubble Space Telescope team, as well as engaging in public outreach advocacy for NASA missions. He has written two popular books, Bad Astronomy and Death from the Skies. He continues to write his blog and contribute to various magazines. He has also appeared in several science documentaries, including Phil Plait’s Bad Universe on the Discovery Channel.