College of Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series
Yan Fernandez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Observatory Director
Department of Physics
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
Tuscawilla Country Club
1500 Winter Springs Blvd.,
Winter Springs, FL 32708
If the Dinosaurs had Radar: Asteroids, Arecibo and Earth's Impact Risk
Abstract: Asteroids have been colliding with Earth for billions of years. Until recently, denizens of Earth had no way to gauge, protect against, and mitigate the risk from this flux of space rocks. This includes the dinosaurs, most of whom were not ready for a particularly important such collision in Earth’s history, 65 million years ago. Modern humans are the first species to actively address the problem, and indeed we have come a long way in understanding just where our risk lies, what that risk is relative to other risks, and what we can do about it.
Dr. Fernández will discuss the latest results from studies of asteroids and their impact probabilities, and he will discuss the role of the Arecibo Observatory — a radio telescope in Puerto Rico that is one of the largest telescopes in the world and is now managed by UCF — in the protection of Earth.
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