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Grand finale to the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2011
Saturday April 23

I - Cosmic Threats to Earth Public Lecture Event
II - End of the World Ceilidh

Edinburgh Student Union Debating Hall, Teviot Row House, Bristo Square

I - Fire in the Sky - Cosmic Threats to Earth

10.00 - 17.00

Admission - free - no ticket required - all ages welcome.
Participants may attend any part of the event - all-day attendance recommended.

PROGRAMME

10.00
Welcome and Overview
Prof John C Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland
10.30
How often do asteroids and comets hit Earth?
Prof David W Hughes, Sheffield University
11.00
What happens during and after a massive extraterrestrial impact?
Dr Penny Barton, Cambridge University
11.30
Observing Meteors, Asteroids and Comets
Dr David Gavine, Astronomical Society of Edinburgh
11.55
Meteorites
Mr Jamie Shepherd
12.20
Lunch, plus viewing of Real Rocks from Space Meteorite Exhibit,
fabulous cosmic images, and Scottish Astronomy Societies' Posters
14.00
Surviving the Next Century
Lord Rees, Astronomer Royal, Cambridge University
15.00
Threats from the Sun
Dr Lyndsay Fletcher, Glasgow University
15.30
Stars of Life and Death - the biggest explosions in the Universe?
Mr Tom Boles, Coddenham Observatory
16.00
Plans and Prospects for Asteroid Deflection
Dr Max Vasile, Strathclyde University
16.30
Closing Question and Answer Session

Sponsors:

II - End of the World Ceilidh

19.30 - 24.00

Dance the night away under the Earth (as there may be no tomorrow)
to the sound of famed band The Occasionals.
Bar on site, minimum age 18, tickets £10 from Edinburgh Science Festival.

If skies are clear, see Saturn's rings for yourself from the bar balcony.
In any case, plan some Earthy orbital eight-some reeling.

Organisers:
John C Brown, Lorna McCalman, Charles Gleed

Email enquiries to:
< lmccalman @ blueyonder.co.uk >
or
< john @ astro.gla.ac.uk >