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On February 15, 2013 a giant meteor measuring 65 feet in diameter with a mass of nearly 10,000 tons entered Earth's atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia at speeds over 41,000 mph. The light from the meteor was brighter than the Sun, and was observed over a wide area of the region and in neighboring republics. Some eyewitnesses also felt intense heat from the fireball.

It exploded at an altitude of 14 miles with a force equal to 30 Hiroshima nuclear bombs and caused a series of shock waves that shattered windows, damaged approximately 7,200 buildings and left 1,500 people injured. The resulting fragments were scattered over a 100 mile wide area.

Thankfully, it exploded in the atmosphere prior to impacting the surface. Just look at the mile-wide Meteor Crater in Arizona and you will understand that the direct impact of even a relatively small asteroid can cause great devastation. 

Asteroids the size of Mount Everest have impacted our planet in the past and planet Earth could be a target once again. So how do we detect and minimize the threat these asteroids present? 

You will discover:

  • Where asteroids come from and how we can detect them
  • Fascinating facts on the history of large impacts on Earth
  • New technologies being developed to protect our planet

International Asteroid Day is coming June 30, 2019. Join us as we tell the fascinating story of the threat we may someday face and how we are developing new technologies to defend planet Earth.

Presented by
Greg McCauley
Executive Director/CEO
Link Institute

Your Host
Kurt Williams
Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer
Link Institute

Friday, June 28 at 8:00 PM

Bridgewater Club
3535 E 161st St, Carmel, IN 46033

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