Death and destruction from space

12/12/2017, 18:30 - 19:30


Speaker: Professor Monica Grady (Open University)

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 Grady 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.

Monica Grady is Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences in the School of Physical Sciences at the Open University (OU) in Milton Keynes. She is a stable isotope geochemist and her research focuses on attempting to understand the origin and evolution of the Solar System through study of meteorites, asteroids and comets.

This lecture is part of the 2017-18 monthly series in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, looking at Catastrophes: past, present and potential.

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Catastrophes: Past, Present and Potential