UCF Plans Asteroid Encounter Feb. 15

ORLANDO, Jan. 29, 2013 — International leaders in asteroid and comet research will converge at the University of Central Florida for a very special asteroid viewing party from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15.

UCF Professor Humberto Campins, who first discovered ice water and organic molecules on an asteroid, has organized the event to help the public understand the real dangers and the hype associated with asteroids. Attendees also will have the opportunity to see asteroid 2012 DA14 buzz by the Earth, coming less than 20,000 miles from the surface. The asteroid, the size of about a city block, will squeeze between the Earth’s surface and the communications satellites orbiting the planet. NASA and private space industry representatives will speak about the flyby, which is the closest to date.

And because scientists know how to have fun, some of UCF physicists also will make an asteroid that you can eat. Click here to hear Campins talk about the dynamic presentation. To check out the speakers and register for the free program click here.