Asteroid Day & Weekend Celebration

Discover the origins, orbits, and occulations of asteroids with two events in celebration of international Asteroid Day. 1) The Special Presentation will bring together top researchers from the UA to talk about what we know, and what we’re trying to figure out, about asteroids. 2) Asteroid Day/WEEKEND will offer hands-on activities and exhibits about asteroid science for the public, with a special focus on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission – a mission led by the University of Arizona to find answers to big questions about the origins of our solar system and life on Earth.

Special Presentation

Tuesday, June 27, 2017. 6pm
Flandrau Planetarium Theater
Join us for six presentations exploring the most up-to-date asteroid science, including leading researchers from the University of Arizona. Meteorite hunter Geoff Notkin from the TV show “Meteorite Men” will moderate the presentations and the questions. The Panel presentations are free and open to the public. Free tickets are available at the Flandrau Front Desk on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Expert presenters include
• Eric Christensen, Associate Professor UA Lunar and Planetary Lab and Director of the Catalina Sky Survey for near earth objects
• Danni DellGiustina, Image Processing Lead and Co-Investigator for the OSIRIS-REx mission
• Heather Enos, Deputy Principal Investigator for the OSIRIS-REx mission
• Dante Lauretta, Principal Investigator for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission
• Geoff Notkin, meteorite expert and science communicator.
• Vishnu Reddy, Assistant Professor UA Lunar and Planetary Lab

The presentations will be recorded for broadcast as part of a special 24 hour Asteroid Day Live broadcast organized by the nation of Luxembourg. Flandrau will offer this live broadcast as part of our exhibits during business hours on Asteroid Day, Friday, June 30, 2017.

Asteroid WEEKEND

Friday, June 30. 9am to 10pm. Asteroid Activities 1-5pm.
Saturday, July 1. 10am to 10pm. Asteroid Activities 1-5pm.
Sunday, July 2. 12noon to 5pm. Asteroid Activities 1-5pm.

On Asteroid Day, Flandrau is the place to discover rocks from space. The celebration will launch on international Asteroid Day (Friday, June 30) and continue through the weekend. On Friday, we’ll have a live stream of the Asteroid Day Live 24 hour broadcast all about asteroid science, organized by the nation of Luxembourg. Why Luxembourg? That small European country aims to become a world leader in asteroid mining, so they’re giving their full support to Asteroid Day. The event at Flandrau will be just one of many asteroid related events happening around the globe.

During all three days, Flandrau will offer special asteroid activities that educate and entertain in addition to exhibits about asteroids, an array of meteorite specimens, and planetarium shows. Did you know that there are more than 17,000 Near Earth Objects (NEOs) that fly close to the Earth at some point in their orbit? All those NEOs are asteroids, and more than half of them were discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey, based right here at the University of Arizona!

In addition to general asteroid science, visitors will also learn about NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. The University of Arizona leads the mission. In September 2016, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft was successfully launched on its 7 year journey. This groundbreaking mission will grab a sample from a primitive carbonaceous asteroid and bring it back to Earth for analysis. That sample will be a scientific time capsule from 4.5 billion years ago!

A short show about the OSIRIS-REx mission will also be presented in the planetarium theater where visitors can experience the fulldome show “Asteroid: Mission Extreme,” produced by National Geographic. Visually stunning, the show explores asteroid science and imagines how asteroids could be the stepping-stones to human space exploration.

Activities, exhibits, planetarium shows, it all adds up to an asteroid extravaganza. Plus guests can enjoy Flandrau’s other interactive science exhibits and inspiring planetarium shows. Beat the heat with cool science at Asteroid Day/WEEKEND.

 

Friday

2pm We Are Stars
3pm Asteroid: Mission Extreme
4pm Mysteries of the Unseen World 
5pm Asteroid: Mission Extreme
6pm Touring the Solar System 
7pm Asteroid: Mission Extreme
8pm Tucson Sky and Beyond
9pm Monthly Laser Light Music Show 
 

Saturday

12pm Magic Tree House Space Mission
1pm Touring the Solar System 
2pm Mysteries of the Unseen World 
3pm Asteroid: Mission Extreme
4pm We Are Stars
5pm Asteroid: Mission Extreme
6pm Touring the Solar System 
7pm Asteroid: Mission Extreme
8pm Tucson Sky and Beyond
9pm Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon 
 

Sunday

1pm Magic Tree House Space Mission
2pm Touring the Solar System 
3pm Asteroid: Mission Extreme
4pm Tucson Sky and Beyond