20-23 July 2023 Jodrell Bank Observatory


Monica Grady is Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University. She has been studying meteorites – chunks from asteroids (and the Moon and Mars) that land on Earth – for more than forty years. She specialises in investigating carbon and nitrogen in the samples and is particularly interested in what meteorites from Mars can reveal about the chances of life on Mars. She tweets as @MonicaGrady. See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_Grady

Talk: Don’t Look Up: the truth about Killer Planets

Synopsis: If you have seen the film Don’t Look Up, you will know it is a dark satire that uses the threat of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth to explore the seedier side of politics and greed. But what is the likelihood of such an event? And what would happen if an astronomer identified a ‘killer planet’? In her talk, Monica Grady will tell us the real story of asteroids: what they are, where they come from, what we can learn from them and – most importantly – what to do in the event of a predicted collision……


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