by Debra Johnson, Published February 13, 2012
YPSILANTI - Asteroid impacts! Comet debris! Could the world be coming to an end? Not likely, but Phil Plait, a famed author and astronomer, will talk about these topics at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Student Center Auditorium. There will be a Q & A session, followed by a book signing and a tour through the Science Complex Planetarium and the Sherzer Observatory.
In his lecture, "Death From The Skies!" Plait will explain how such dramatic events have shaped our history and how they might do so again, and why Hollywood always seems to get them wrong.
And, lest you think it's all doom and gloom, Plait will detail how we might prevent the next great impact from ruining our whole day.
After earning his doctorate in astronomy at the University of Virginia, Plait worked as a NASA contractor at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, working with the Hubble Space Telescope. Plait began a career in public outreach and education with the "Bad Astronomy" website and blog, debunking bad science and popular misconceptions. The book '"Bad Astronomy" was released in 2002, followed in 2008 by "Death From The Skies!" Plait's television show, "Phil Plait's Bad Universe" premiered on the Discovery Channel in Sept. 2010.
Plait has given dozens of talks about science and astronomy across the United States and internationally. He uses images, audio and video clips in an entertaining and informative multimedia presentation packed with humor and backed by solid science.
Follow Plait's blog at blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/.