Michael West Lecture: Killer Asteroids

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Dr Robert Jedicke
3 August 2011, Larmor Lecture Theatre, 7pm

Dr Robert Jedicke has had four professional careers: Canadian football player, particle physicist, software engineer and astronomer. At the University of Hawaii he leads the PanSTARRS team searching for asteroids and comets. In three years, PanSTARRS will discover more solar system objects than have been found in the past two centuries.

The current surveys for 1km near-Earth asteroids have almost completed their goal of finding 90% of the population, but the telescopes used are too small to discover more than a fraction of the dangerous sub-km objects. A renowned asteroid hunter, Jedicke is leading the search for dangerous ast



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