Saturday 10th March 2018

Dr Paul Roche

Down to Earth: Impacts from Space

What killed the dinosaurs, and should we be worried about going the same way? Astronomers regularly discover huge lumps of rock and ice hurtling past the Earth, and if some of them were to actually hit us, the effects could be terrifying, with dramatic consequences for all life on Earth. Recent near misses, and the huge airburst explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February 2013, make this a very topical issue.

This talk examines what we know about the threat of impacts from space, presenting the science in a fun, exciting way – it’s all about death, destruction and dinosaurs, with real bits of space rock!

Saturday 10th March 2018 at 11:00am at Our Lady's Abingdon

Dr. Paul Roche (Reader in Astrophysics, Cardiff University) is the UK National Schools’ Astronomer, Director of the Faulkes Telescopes Project, and the European Space Agency’s “Space Ambassador” for Wales. He has spent over 25 years researching asteroids and comets, weighing the most massive stars in the galaxy, and studying neutron stars and black holes.

 

 

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