The Science of Armageddon takes a look at the threat posed to us by impacts from space, and in particular focuses on asteroids and comets as near Earth objects (NEOs). NEOs are probably the only global threat to life on Earth that are predictable and avoidable using current technologies. However, the international community still choose to largely ignore the threat. In this talk we 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.
These lectures will take place at 4:30pm in Room C4, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham NG7 2RD. The programme is specifically designed to appeal to students of Physics at A-level but are open to the general public too. Tickets are not required. However, if you are planning to bring a large party (more than about 20 students) it would be advisable to contact the Secretary beforehand at Alfonso.Aragon@Nottingham.ac.uk. Or phone Professor Aragón-Salamanca directly on 0115 9516230.