In February 2013, a fireball exploreded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, damaging buildings and injuring over 1,000 people. The Chelyabinsk asteroid was estimated to be 20 meters in diameter and the explosion 30 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Nagasaki in World War II. The event, while horrifying, provides an opportunity to better estimate the hazards of impact events.

Dr. David Kring of the Lunar and Planetary Institute continues the 2013-2014 Cosmic Explorations speaker series– “The Universe is Out to Get Us and What We Can (or Can’t) Do About It”– with a discussion of the dangers of asteroid impacts and possible steps that can be taken to mitigate future events in his lecture “The 2013 Chelyabinsk Air Burst and the Hazards of Near-Earth Asteroid Impacts.”

This FREE presentation at 5:30pm PDT is intended for inquisitive adults and will be followed by a light reception and an opportunity to meet Dr. Kring for those in Houston, TX. The presentation will be held at USRA’s Lunar and Planetary Institute at 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston TX (entrance on Middlebrook Drive). For more information, please call 281-486-2163 or visit

People not local to the Houston area can watch the public lecture live tonight on NASA TV.

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: SSERVI Team

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