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Science of Armageddon

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19:30 – 19:30 8 Mar 2011
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University of Birmingham, Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham, B15 2TT

Speakers: Jay Tate

Speaker: Jay Tate (Director of the Spaceguard Centre)
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, Jay Tate (Director of the Spaceguard Centre), 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.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IOP Midland Branch
Contact details: Lynne Long
Email: l.long@bham.ac.uk

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University of Birmingham, Poynting Physics Building, Birmingham, B15 2TT
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19:30 – 19:30 8 Mar 2011
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