Astro-Chat: Impact!

an astro-chat with

Professor Don Kurtz

Visiting Professor, School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Lincoln, UK

Friday, 5 November 2021

7:00-8:00 pm

Live online

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66 million years ago the Cretaceous came to an end with the impact of a 10-km diameter asteroid. The explosion, tsunami, fires, smoke, dust and vapour ejected into the atmosphere all led to a long global winter that killed 75% of all living species, including the iconic dominant dinosaurs. The birds made it through, as did our small mammal ancestors, and here we are. But there are other asteroids that cross the Earth’s orbit. The Earth is hit by smaller ones regularly, and inevitably someday another big one will hit. Unless we can deflect it. Can we stop the next extinction level event? Come hear the story.

This is our 5th Astro-Chat with our distinguished guest Professor Don Kurtz. The session will include a brief illustrated introduction followed by questions and answers. Members of the public will be able to ask questions in the live-chat. The event is hosted by Professor Andrei Zvelindovsky, Head of the School of Maths & Physics at the University of Lincoln, UK.

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