“Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Meteors, Asteroids” exhibit now open

Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids, MeteorsGreat Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids, Meteors

Saturday June 22, 2013 – Monday September 2, 2013

Hot on the heels of another successful special exhibit, Lowell Observatory is proud to present “Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids, Meteors”.

The threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet is a staple of popular culture. If there was a dinosaur killer in Earth’s past, is there a human killer in our future? What are the chances and how do we assess the risks? For that matter, what are asteroids, comets, and meteorites, and where do they come from? With Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids, Meteors, Lowell Observatory will bring recent discoveries and cutting-edge planetary science to our visitors.

The exhibition is divided into four areas: Origins, Asteroids, Comets and Impacts/Risk. It includes a variety of interactive, multimedia experiences, ranging from straightforward computer-based activities to a larger scale, “pod” where visitors play the role of explorers-in-training—an important theme that threads throughout the exhibition. This work was completed by the Space Science Institute, which was supported by NSF under Grant No. ESI-0404414.

Join us opening night for special guest speaker and “Meteorite Man” Geoff Notkin at 7 p.m.! Tickets for this event are free with regular admission/membership. However, tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Saturday morning (6/22) in the Steele Visitor Center.

“Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids, Meteors” runs from Saturday June 22, 2013 to Monday September 2, 2013.

For more about the exhibit, also visit http://greatballsoffireexhibit.org/

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