2018 Asteroid Day

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Christopher K.
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2018 Asteroid Day

Post by Christopher K. » May 14th, 2018, 9:44 am

The Baton Rouge Astronomical Society is spearheading the first effort to celebrate Asteroid Day at the Highland Road Park Observatory. The event will take place on Saturday 30 June from 7pm to 10pm. Details are very preliminary at this time, but the schedule will solidify soon.

About Asteroid Day:
https://asteroidday.org

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Re: 2018 Asteroid Day

Post by Christopher K. » June 13th, 2018, 4:52 pm

At the latest business meeting of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society, some ideas were finalized concerning Asteroid Day. There will be two brief talks and several physical science demonstrations related to asteroids, the hunt for them and their danger to Earth.

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Re: 2018 Asteroid Day

Post by Christopher K. » June 24th, 2018, 12:44 am

The webpage for Baton Rouge Asteroid Day is up...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/special5.html

An Estes Gnome rocket is currently offered for bid to the public. If there is a winning bidder, the launch will be at 7:30pm on Asteroid Day...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/observatory/rocket_donations.html

HRPO's legendary Seeing Red t-shirt will have its last day of sale on Asteroid Day...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/observatory/news.html

Finally, at 9:45pm a quite bright Vesta is available in Ophiuchus.

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Re: 2018 Asteroid Day

Post by Christopher K. » June 25th, 2018, 6:14 pm

Asteroid Day will include a exhibit on Phobos and Deimos, the two Martian moons which are almost certainly captured asteroids. Also, there will be molded and hardened scale models of the first ten asteroids discovered; the models were created by BRAS member Shane D., from a template provided by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Re: 2018 Asteroid Day

Post by steveareno225 » June 28th, 2018, 1:32 pm

Here is some informative videos from the Minor Planet Center, the Nerve Center of asteroid discovery in the Solar System.
Asteroid Hazards, Part 1: What Makes an Asteroid a Hazard?
https://youtu.be/W3nU_6XEsck
Asteroid Hazards, Part 2: The Challenge of Detection
https://youtu.be/Ar_h-zAccsY
Asteroid Hazards, Part 3: Finding the Path
https://youtu.be/8M_27st1ZCI

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Re: 2018 Asteroid Day

Post by Christopher K. » June 30th, 2018, 4:15 pm

The first hour of Asteroid Day will be devoted mainly to adult crowd, as there will be two brief presentations: one on the Tunguska impact, and one on finding and imaging asteroids (not necessarily in that order). Beginning at 8pm there will be a quiz for kids to earn prizes.

The cost of the Mission Critical: Mars game in the Wormhole drops down to sixty dollars today.

For those who are attending tonight strictly with sky viewing in mind, please note the Sun does not set until 8:10pm! There are predicted visible passes at various times...
8:38pm = Atlas 5 Centaur rocket body
8:49pm = USA 186
9:17pm = ERS-2
9:28pm = Resurs 01 rocket
9:57pm = Cosmos 2221

And of course, those who stay until 9:45pm have a chance (that's a chance) to view Vesta, which is quite bright right now...for an asteroid.

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