Celebrate Asteroid Day, June 30th, 2018!

June 20, 2018

Come celebrate international Asteroid Day at Flandrau! On Saturday, June 30, we'll have hands-on activities that explore asteroid science from 1-4pm. And we'll have a special screening of the planetarium show ASTEROID: MISSION EXTREME at 2pm. 

The special planetarium show will immediately be followed by an update on the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission from Bashar Rizk, a scientist with the UA’s mission team. UA leads the OSIRIS-REx mission for NASA. Rizk will explain the spacecraft's journey so far, and what to watch for when it arrives at the target asteroid, Bennu, this fall 2018. 

Members of Flandrau will receive a special free admission to the 2pm screening of ASTEROID: MISSION EXTREME!

Visitors will learn all about these fascinating space rocks with special guided asteroid activities that educate and entertain, alongside exhibits about asteroids and an array of meteorite specimens. Meteorites are small asteroids that have fallen to Earth. 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 Surveybased 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 for NASA. In September 2016, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft launched on its 7 year journey. This groundbreaking mission will grab a sample from a primitive carbonaceous asteroid and bring it back to Earthfor analysis. Never before has a NASA mission returned a sample from an asteroid. That sample will be a scientific time capsule from 4.5 billion years ago, and it will hold answers about the origins of our solar system! 

Activities, exhibits, a special planetarium show, it all adds up to an asteroid extravaganza.  Plus guests can enjoy Flandrau’s other interactive science exhibits and inspiring planetarium shows. Catch some cool science on a hot day!

Asteroid Day

Saturday, June 30
Asteroid Activities: 1-4pm
"Asteroid: Mission Extreme" Planetarium show: 2pm