“Near-Earth Asteroids (or, Why Dinosaurs Should Have Learned Physics)”

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Presented on ZOOM 30th June at 7pm for World Asteroid Day

 

ABOUT THE LECTURE:

An asteroid impact is the only natural disaster we have the technology to prevent. But prevention takes time, meaning we need to discover and track near‐Earth asteroids now. This talk will give an overview on asteroids, including a few notable asteroid impacts.

 

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Dr. Carrie Nugent

Dr. Carrie Nugent is a scientist, a professor, an author, a TED senior fellow, an enthusiastic science communicator and a firm believer that space exploration is for everyone.

Her research focuses on asteroid detection. An asteroid impact is the only natural disaster we have the technology to prevent. But since prevention takes time, it’s important to search for near-Earth asteroids now. Working with Olin students, Dr. Nugent uses techniques such as machine learning to discover asteroids in large data sets. Before coming to Olin, she was a member of NASA’s NEOWISE and NEOCam asteroid-hunting mission teams and a scientist at Caltech/IPAC.

A TED Senior Fellow, her talk “Adventures of an Asteroid Hunter” has been viewed over a million times. She is the author of the popular science book “Asteroid Hunters” (2017, TED Books, Simon and Schuster). She produces and hosts Spacepod, a podcast that features casual conversations with astronomers, planetary scientists and engineers. She also wrote the script for this TED-ED animation  about the first asteroid ever discovered.

Credit: Olin College of Engineering

 

 

 

 

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