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To Protect or Swerve

Learn about NASA's plans to protect Earth from asteroids

Dr. Ralph Harvey, a professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science at Case Western Reserve University, will present To Protect or Swerve: NASA's Planetary Defense Initiative and Meteorite Research, a lecture on NASA's plans and initiatives to protect Earth from a major asteroid impact.

The free lecture will be on January 20 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Reinhold and Margaret Kader Memorial Astronomy Lecture Series at Baldwin Wallace University’s Kleist Center for Art & Drama, located at 95 East Bagley Road in Berea.

The solar system is a shooting gallery with millions of rocks floating around. Every once in a while, we encounter one big enough to create serious damage. Compiling data and developing defense systems is the job of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, which recently completed the Dart mission as a test of one concept to modify the orbit of an asteroid.

After the lecture, the Burrell Observatory will be open for viewing, weather permitting.

The event is free, but tickets are required.

Questions? Please contact Gary Kader, observatory director, by email at gkader@bw.edu or call the Department of Physics and Astronomy at 440.826.2312.

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