Feb. 19, 2020

Lecture explores planetary defense capabilities

Carrie L Martin, martin59 [at] llnl.gov, 925-424-4715

WHO: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists Megan Bruck Syal and Mary Burkey, along with retired Los Gatos High School teacher Dan Burns, will present "Planetary Defense: Avoiding a Cosmic Catastrophe.” This is the third lecture in the 2020 Science on Saturday series that delves into the mysteries of space.

WHAT: This talk will cover several scenarios that can be taken to mitigate or prevent a disaster if an Earth-threatening asteroid is discovered in time. Scientists at LLNL provide computer simulations in preparation of these scenarios so if the time comes where an asteroid is headed our way, we will be prepared.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 22

  • First presentation: 9:30 a.m.
  • Second presentation: 11:15 a.m.

WHERE: Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore.

Note: Science on Saturday is sponsored by LLNL's University Relations and Science Education Program. Lectures are free and open to the public and specifically targeted to middle and high school students. No pre-registration is required; seating is on a first-come basis. For more information about Science on Saturday, visit the web or contact albala1 [at] llnl.gov (Joanna Albala), Education Program manager, at (925) 422-6803.