THE END IS NIGH #1 - ASTEROIDS, COMETS, AND ROGUE BLACK HOLES: CAN EARTH DODGE A COSMIC BULLET?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 13:00 to 14:00
FREE - PLEASE REGISTER
Paccar Theatre

For Science Week 2016, we’re exploring potential global catastrophes –– and in our first free lunchtime talk of the week, our experts will address extra-planetary threats. What can we do to prevent a large asteroid or comet from hitting us and causing a mass extinction? What technologies and equipment do we have to determine asteroid trajectories, and how can we protect ourselves against gamma ray bursts, solar flares, and other threats?

Do we have the technology to divert an asteroid’s path away from earth, or destroy it outright? How would we survive the explosions, tsunamis, acid rain and temperature spikes that are sure to follow a massive impact?

Join our panelists to explore humanity’s best options to ensure survival in the event of planetary catastrophe. Our panel, hosted by Joseph Roche, Assistant Professor of Science Education at TCD, will feature Mary Bourke, Assistant Professor of Geography at TCD, David McKeown, Assistant Professor of Design Innovation in the TCD School of Engineering and Niamh Shaw, engineer, scientist and artist.