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“Near Earth Asteroids – Observing them and NASA’s plan for making planet Earth safe!” with Shawn Laatsch
September 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Asteroids were first discovered in 1801 and since that time there are several which have passed close to our planet and are considered to be “Near Earth Objects” or NEO’s. After humans witnessed Shoemaker – Levy 9 impacting Jupiter, NASA and other world space agencies began an extensive mapping campaign in an effort to protect our planet from future impacts. Join us to explore how these objects are detected and tracked from both ground-based and space-based observatories.
Mr. Shawn Laatsch currently is the director of the Emera Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium at the University of Maine. He has presented numerous planetarium shows, led educational workshops, and has been an invited guest lecturer on astronomy and planetariums in Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Russia. He is recognized as a pioneer in the use of digital dome technology and innovations in the field. Shawn installed the world’s first 3D stereoscopic planetarium at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii. He has consulted on the planning and building of numerous planetarium projects worldwide and recently evaluated the Iziko Planetarium in Cape Town, South Africa for its planned upgrade to digital in late 2015.
Shawn serves as President of the International Planetarium Society, Inc. the world’s largest organization of planetarium professionals. In 1998 he was inducted as an International Planetarium Society Fellow, for his work in promoting astronomy education.