Simultaneous impacts of major meteors in Antarctica: a free virtual conference – Sky and Telescope

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Just by looking at what happened on February 15, 2013, we know the kind of devastation major meteor strikes can cause. On that date, a house-sized meteor entered the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded about 22 kilometers above Chelyabinsk, Russia. The shock wave it generated blew out windows in an area of ​​more than 200 square miles, injuring around 1,600 people. Scientists have ripped more than 45,000 meteorites from the ice in Antarctica. Each of these “space rocks” carries a story about the composition of our solar system and the conditions that existed when it first developed. It has recently been estimated that up to 300,000 more meteorites and their stories are still on the ice waiting to be found. Professor Alan Rice will tell us about Antarctic meteors and what we can learn from them.

Alan Rice, DESc, graduated from Columbia University. He was a professor of geophysics, geology, sustainability, oceanography, physics, and engineering in the Department of Earth and Climate Sciences at San Francisco State University. While working at Stony Brook University and in the Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History (where he frequently collaborated with the Hayden Planetarium), he conducted research on the occurrence and consequences of multiple meteor impacts in Antarctica. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Hamptons Observatory since its inception.

The Hamptons Observatory expresses its gratitude to Professor Rice for generously taking the time to share his expertise and to the John Jermain Memorial Library for their kind collaboration in this program.

Hamptons Observatory (HO), a 501(c)(3) NYS nonprofit organization that relies on public support, has served the community since 2005. Its mission: to inspire interest in science, by especially astronomy, through educational programs. Lectures, star parties, portable planetarium shows, and other events are often offered in conjunction with other nonprofit organizations. HO established the first astronomical observatory on the South Fork (in East Hampton), with the largest research telescope on Long Island; this equipment will soon be accessible on the Internet to students, teachers, researchers and the general public. The Hamptons Observatory offers all its programs free of charge so that everyone can discover and appreciate the universe that surrounds them. For more information, please visit our website To be placed on our event notice list, email Hamptons[email protected] Donations to support our programs are always appreciated; Thanks!

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