Astronomy Saves the World: Protecting the Planet from Asteroid ImpactsAugust 15, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Kennedy Theatre
Sheraton Waikiki Explorers of the Universe public lecture by Ed Lu, a former NASA astronaut, and before that, a postdoctoral fellow at the UH Institute for Astronomy.
Dr. Lu is now chairman and CEO of the B612 Foundation, which seeks to protect Planet Earth from asteroid impacts by finding such asteroids in time to deflect them. He says, "Asteroids hit the Earth more often than most people realize (as we saw on Feb. 15, 2013 over Russia).
He will describe the risk of asteroid impacts, and the surprising fact that we can actually prevent these cosmic natural disasters. In fact, we already know how to deflect an asteroid to keep it from hitting the Earth. But this technology is useless unless we do one crucial step first. I will tell the story of our efforts to accomplish this necessary first step and to help literally save the world."
For tickets, go to http://uhifa.ticketbud.com. Do not call Kennedy Theatre. NOTE: Latecomers with tickets may not be seated, as people without tickets will be seated on a first-come, first-seat basis starting at 7:20 p.m.
Tickets free but required.
Institute for Astronomy, Mānoa Campus