Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ted Talk Review: Carrie Nugent Adventures of an asteroid hunter


Ted Talk Review: Carrie Nugent Adventures of an asteroid hunter
                   
Who: Carrie Nugent Bio.

Title: Adventures of an asteroid hunter

Watch it: Ted2016 (https://www.ted.com/talks/carrie_nugent_adventures_of_an_asteroid_hunter#t-350510)

Details: 

Length: 6:06

3 Subtitle Languages

Related Book:
Carrie Nugent Asteroid Hunters (TED Books)

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Ted Talk Review: Carrie Nugent Adventures of an asteroid hunter

Carrie Nugent's 2016 Ted Talk, Adventures of an asteroid hunter,  explores the importance of searching for near-Earth asteroids. The space near Earth is littered with over 13,000 known asteroids. Scientists working with NASA's NEOWISE telescope aim to discover and chart as many of Earth's little neighbors as they can. The NEOWISE telescope detects asteroids using four infrared wavelengths that allow scientists to identify otherwise invisible asteroids.  Once an asteroid is detected, their paths can be predicted with extraordinary accuracy. Surveying near-Earth space for asteroids is not only an interesting endeavor, it could one day help save lives. While films like Armageddon have exaggerated and given the Hollywood treatment to asteroid impacts and humanity's defenses against such a threat, there is a real need for this type of research. With the ability to predict the path of asteroids with precision, with enough warning, we may be able to deter an impact.

Coming in at just over six minutes, Carrie Nugent's talk is a great introduction to the topic of asteroid hunting. Student's interested in space will love being introduced to the project and reading information from NASA's website here.

For more information on Asteroid Hunting from Carrie Nugent, check out her new book in the link below!

Asteroid Hunters (TED Books)

Resources:
https://www.ted.com/talks/carrie_nugent_adventures_of_an_asteroid_hunter#t-350510
https://www.ted.com/speakers/carrie_nugent

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