Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 18:30
Event Host: 
Department of Terrestrial Magnetism

Our Broad Branch Road Spring Neighborhood Lecture Series continues with DTM's Dr. Conel M. O'D. Alexander.  Alexander will present, "Rocks from Space: Be Grateful and a Little Afraid." 

‘Rocks’ from space have had a profound influence on the evolution of Earth – from the giant impact that created the Moon, to the asteroids that killed off the dinosaurs and, more locally, created the Chesapeake Bay, to tiny grains that may have brought prebiotic molecules that helped kick start life on Earth. The rate at which the Earth has accreted material from space has decayed dramatically since it formed. Nevertheless, ignoring the occasional large ‘hiccup’, some 30-40 thousand tons of extraterrestrial material fall to Earth every year as meteorites and cosmic dust. This has been a boon to science, providing samples of other stars and Mars, helping to develop our picture of the timescales and conditions at the birth of our Solar System, and providing constraints for how the terrestrial planets formed. In this talk, Alexander will review where and how meteorites and cosmic dust are collected, and what they have taught us about the origin and early evolution of our Solar System.

The Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lectures provide an opportunity to get up close and personal with Carnegie scientists at our campus in northwest Washington DC. These lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. and last for approximately one hour, followed by a brief question and answer period. Doors open to the public at 6:00 p.m. with light refreshments. The campus is located at the intersection of Broad Branch Road and 32nd Street in northwest Washington, DC. Parking is available on campus and accessible via Jocelyn and 32nd Streets. Street parking is permissible.  The campus is a short, three-block walk from Connecticut Avenue and two blocks south of Military Road. For directions, click here.

Registration is strongly recommended.  Register here.

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