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Bruce BettsMarch 21, 2014

Intro Astronomy Class 7: Near Earth Asteroids and the Jupiter System

In my seventh class of my Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class at CSUDH, I explore the threat of near Earth asteroids and introduce the Jupiter System. The video is below. For more information about the class, see my class page,

This lecture covers the near Earth asteroid threat to Earth (including statistics, past impacts, and information on the Chelyabinsk fireball), introduces the Jupiter System, and includes an interview with Tim Spahr, Director of the Minor Planet Center. Recorded at California State University Dominguez Hills.

In the next class, I will continue our exploration of the Jupiter System and then move to the Saturnian System.

Read more: spectroscopy, interview, Cassini, Galileo, Voyager 1 and 2, Dawn, Pioneer 10 and 11, Shoemaker NEO Grants, near-Earth asteroids, Jupiter's moons, planetary astronomy, Jupiter's rings, meteorites, magnetospheres, meteors, planetary rings, Earth impact hazard, asteroids, Planetary Society Video, impact cratering, explaining science, Planetary Society, Juno, Jupiter

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