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20:00-20:40 – Lecture: (in Greek) Nikos Tremoulis: Universe, Chords, Humans
20:40-21:35 – Screening: The invisible universe revealed, 55′, Audio:EN Subs:GR – NOVA
21:40-22:35 – Screening: Alien universe revealed, 55′, Audio:EN Subs:GR – NOVA
22:40-22:50 – Screening: Exoplanet, 9′, Audio:EN/DE Subs:GR – Max Planck Society
22:50-23:40 – Screening: The meteor menace, 52′, Audio:EN Subs:GR – Terra Mater
The same day, an asteroid passed the earth at a distance of just 26,000 kilometres – closer than many satellites. These two events were unrelated – it was just coincidence that two objects from space made global headlines on the same day. But it proves that the threat from space is real. In earth’s history, there have been impacts with cataclysmic consequences: the “dino killer”, a 10-kilometre wide asteroid that hit Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula some 65 million years ago – and which sea led the extinction of the dinosaurs.
To detect potentially dangerous Near Earth Objects at an early stage, NASA coordinates monitoring programmes. The most advanced observatory is Pan-STARRS on Hawaii. It scans the heavens as astronomers keep a watchful eye. Scientists also reflect on how to fend off a potentially disastrous impact. In 2012, the NEOShield project was launched to evaluate methods of deflecting extra-terrestrial objects.
This Terra Mater Factual Studios production features the latest research and distinctive camera work to provide a comprehensive portrait of meteorites.
• Organized by CAID Center