Prof. Monica Grady is the special guest speaker at the AOP Robinson Lecture and StarTracker night on Wednesday 27 November.
We are open 6.30pm-9pm on Wed 27 Nov and tickets are available here.
Monica, a Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University, is best known for her work on meteorites and with the ESA Rosetta spacecraft project, the Philae lander and its Ptolemy instrument.
Professor Grady is currently developing a roadmap for the care of samples brought to Earth from missions to asteroids, Mars, the Moon and comets. A really cool fact is that Asteroid 4731 was named Monica Grady in her honour!
Monica’s talk for the Robinson Lecture is titled: Collisions and Catastrophes. The Earth is bombarded constantly by material from space – almost as much as 60,000 tonnes each year. Fortunately, most falls as small grains of dust, practically invisible to the naked eye – but there have been times when enormous collisions have changed the path of history.
In her talk, Monica will explore the hazards of cosmic collisions, and explain why it is important – and fascinating – to study the material that arrives, uninvited, on our planet every day.
The evening will end with our dome show “Asteroid Mission Extreme” and stargazing through our telescopes.