[Cosmic-Explorations] Asteroid Day Event at HMNS

Shaner, Andrew Shaner at lpi.usra.edu
Mon Jun 29 15:34:46 CDT 2015

Friends of the Lunar and Planetary Institute receive $5 off regular ticket price of $18 for LPI’s Dr. David Kring’s Asteroid Day lecture at HMNS on Tuesday! Present coupon code Lec$5off when purchasing tickets at HMNS Box Office or 713.639.4629. (Coupons not accepted online.)
[cid:image002.jpg at 01D0B271.E2B0A3A0]Asteroid Day Lecture at HMNS
"The Threat of Asteroid Impacts: From the Age of Dinosaurs to the Present Day"
David Kring, Ph.D., LPI
Tuesday, June 30 | 6:30 p.m.
June 30 has been declared Asteroid Day<http://www.hmns.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=805&Itemid=846> for the massive impact event that flattened a forest near the Tunguska River in Siberia on June 30, 1908—a modern-day example of the immense dinosaur-killing Chicxulub impact event in the Yucatán. Dr. David Kring of the Lunar and Planetary Institute will describe Earth’s scarred geologic past and magnitude of asteroid threat today, and how to mitigate future impact catastrophe. A special evening screening of Impact in the Burke Baker Planetarium at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. is complimentary for lecture ticket holders. Click here<https://store.hmns.org/Selection.aspx?item=2664&sch=694924> for tickets. More info available at BeyondBones blog<http://blog.hmns.org/2015/06/discover-the-impact-of-meteors-with-dr-kring-on-asteroid-day/>.

Rare Astronomical Event on Asteroid Day 2015
A very special close encounter in the western evening sky happens the evening of June 30, International Asteroid Day<http://www.asteroidday.org/>. Venus and Jupiter will pass extremely close together, less than a third of a degree apart! (The full Moon is a half-degree across, so these planets will be closer than the width of the moon.) Right now, Venus is pulling in front of us and Jupiter is on the other side of the Sun, bringing Venus and Jupiter close together in Earth’s sky. After Tuesday night, they will begin to pull apart. After the Dr. Kring’s lecture, Dr. Carolyn Sumners will lead a planet-gazing to see this rare astronomical event.
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