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Death from the Skies – Dr. Phil Plait

Date(s) - March 16th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Talk and Evening Reception with Dr Phil Plait

Asteroid impacts! Cometary debris! Extinction level events! These are the topics covered in this science based but fun look at giant impacts from cosmic objects. Dr. Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer) talks about how these events have shaped our history, how they may do so again, and why Hollywood always seems to get them wrong. And lest you think it’s all doom and gloom, Dr. Plait details how we might prevent the next great impact from ruining our whole day.

Time: 7pm

Location: Talk at Ferguson Center for the Arts Music and Theater Hall followed by a Reception with Dr. Plait at the Virginia Living Museum’s rooftop Observatory with night sky observing. Dress for the weather as telescope viewing will be available (weather permitting). Parking at CNU is available in the parking deck and lot B.

Tickets: $10 . Purchase online (service fee applies), at the Museum or call 757-595-1900. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Dr. Phil Plait

Dr. Plait is an internationally renowned astronomer, author, and lecturer. His numerous appearances on radio, television, podcasts, and live in front of audiences have made him a celebrity in science circles, and put him in demand as an expert on astronomical matters. He has been interviewed on literally hundreds of national and local radio and TV stations about astronomical topics ranging from lunar eclipses to the fate of the Universe. His writing has appeared in dozens of magazines, and his first book, Bad Astronomy, was a trade science hit. He has delighted audiences around the United States and in Australia with his lectures about astronomy, science, and the fight against pseudoscience.

His stock-in-trade is dealing with myths, misconceptions and plain old mistakes people make about astronomy. His website, Bad Astronomy, is a virtual encyclopedia of astronomical errors, and his blog is one of the most popular science blogs on the web, with thousands of fans eagerly reading it every day.

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