Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration

Asteroid Day

 Meteorite Telescopes

The Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, in collaboration with the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of Earth Sciences, will be hosting a special event on Asteroid Day (June 30th). Asteroid Day is a global awareness campaign where people from around the world come together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet, families, communities, and future generations from future asteroid impacts. Asteroid Day is held each year on June 30, the anniversary of the largest impact in recent history, the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia.

Event Details:

Date: 30th June 2016

Time: 3:00 to 7:00 PM (come and go as you please; entrance is free

Location: The Hume Cronyn Memorial Observatory (search for "Cronyn" on this interactive google map)
             Parking information can be found here.

Social Media: Tweet your pictures with the #AsteroidDay and #WesternU hashtags. Follow the event on Facebook.

Activities: 

Public Talks by four Asteroid Experts:

           3:00 PM- Prof. Peter Brown "The Tunguska event and the hazard of asteroid impacts”

           4:00 PM- Prof. Paul Wiegert "Fire from the sky: how rocks from space fall to Earth"

           5:00 PM- Prof. Mikael Granvik "Killer Asteroids"

           6:00 PM- Prof. Audrey Bouvier "Meteorites: messengers from asteroids and planets"

Meteorite Expert on site have a rock you think might be meteorite? Bring it to our expert and find out!

Meteorites and Impactites on display

Solar Observing (weather permitting)