Doors at 6:00 p.m., presentation at 6:30 p.m., reception to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free if pre-registered; admission for walk-ins will be $10.
“Asteroid vs. Earth”
Professor of Geological Sciences Alan Whittington
Large meteorite impacts happen very rarely; smaller meteorites arrive at the Earth many times every day, but most simply burn up as shooting stars. In the past two decades, about 18,000 near-Earth objects have been detected. What are the chances of a large meteorite impact occurring in our lifetime? If we see one coming, what can we do about it? Whittington will talk about the history of asteroid impacts on Earth, three near-misses within the past 120 years, and review some ideas for planetary defense.
Committed to engaging with the communities it serves, MU's College of Arts and Science offers Beyond Campus, a series that showcases the range and relevance of the college's research and programs, which serve as the foundation for all undergraduates at MU, whether they major in an A&S discipline or not. The events in this series are intended for the general public, including alumni, business and community leaders, and prospective students. All are welcome.