Why study asteroids? The scientific interest in asteroids is due largely to their status as the remnant debris from the inner solar system formation process. The probability of an asteroid striking the Earth and causing serious damage is very remote but the devastating consequences of such an impact suggests we should closely study different types of asteroids to understand their compositions, structures, sizes, and future trajectories. In this talk, I will be presenting various methods how we detect new minor planets in our solar system, and will be focusing on how to get the general public to contribute in making new discoveries using the same techniques and data provided by some of the world’s largest fully robotic telescopes.
Speaker: Pranvera Hyseni, UC Santa Cruz
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