Dr. Ed Lu’s “Cosmic Conversation” with the California Academy of Sciences

Katie Young
ad03@asteroidday.org

February 20, 2021

On February 12, 2021, just 3 days before the 8-year anniversary of the Chelyabinsk asteroid blast, Asteroid Institute Executive Director and B612 co-founder Dr. Ed Lu  joined Ryan Wyatt of the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences for a “Cosmic Conversation.” The California Academy of Sciences and the Morrison Planetarium have been a long-standing partners of B612 and Asteroid Day and we were excited to partner again in this virtual reality. In the conversation, Ed and Ryan discussed how we can find potentially hazardous space rocks and the usefulness of a multidimensional map of asteroid locations in space and time, which we’re building at the Asteroid Institute. And, of course, there’s the question of what happens once we do find a potential Earth-impacting asteroid? How do we steer a dangerous threat away from a collision course with Earth? You can watch the 40 minute (approximately)  recording of the conversation with some really great visuals from the Morrison Planetarium team here. 

Katie Young
ad03@asteroidday.org