Guilford College Cline Observatory
Saturday, March 10 Observatory Open House
Death from the Skies (or at least some near misses): Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors, Oh My!
On February 15, 2013, a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Only 16 hours later, the unrelated asteroid DA14 zipped by the Earth, inside the orbits of some of our satellites. Next week, comet PANSTARRS should splash a tail across the Western sky just after sunset, and later this year, comet ISON might become the most dramatic comet to be seen in decades. Who are these dangerous visitors? Where do they come from ? Why are they so destructive?
To discuss these and other questions, the Physics Department of Guilford College will host an Observatory Open House in the Frank Family Science Center. The program will consist of a multimedia planetarium presentation on comets, asteroids, and meteors by Associate Professor Don Smith in Joseph M. Bryan, Jr. Auditorium, followed (weather permitting) by telescope viewing on the roof at the J. Donald Cline Observatory.
Sunday, April 14