Everyone has seen the Hollywood blockbusters, but how serious is the asteroid impact threat? In a lively and thrilling public lecture Jay Tate will explain the threat posed to us by impacts from space, and in particular will focus on asteroids and comets as near Earth objects (NEOs). NEOs are probably the only global threats to life on Earth that are predictable and avoidable using current technologies. However, the international community still chooses to largely ignore the threat. In this talk, Jay Tate will look at where the threat originates from, what we can do to detect these objects using robotic telescopes, and how we would resolve the issue should a potential impactor be found. The talk will be followed by a demonstration of a small robotic telescope of the kind that anyone could purchase and control from a desktop or laptop computer.
18:00 - Light refreshments
19:00 - Talk by Jay Tate followed by question session (Room LJ 1.75)
20:00 - Observatory visit
Car parking available and free. Students’ Union car park is recommended.