The Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration in collaboration with the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - London Centre 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.
Date: 29th June 2019 (note that this year the event will be held a day before the Asteroid Day)
Time: 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM (come and go as you please; entrance is free)
Social Media: Tweet your pictures with the #AsteroidDay and #WesternU hashtags. Follow the event on Facebook.
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Meteorite Clinic - Meteorite Expert will be on-site. Have a rock you think might be meteorite? Bring it to our expert and find out!
- Meteorites on display
- Virtual Reality Station
- Asteroid Mining
- Solar Observing (weather permitting)
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Public Talks by Asteroid Experts
Dr. Paul Wiegert
Talk Title: "Asteroids: deadly danger or imminent catastrophe? (or maybe neither!)"
Talk Blurb: The talk will try to answer the questions: What are asteroids exactly? How do astronomers search for them? and what danger do they pose?
Talk Title: "W.G. Colgrove and the Dresden Meteorite"
8:30 to 11:00 PM
- Regular Saturday Public Night (stargazing and public talk)