Astronomy talks by comet-discoverer, Thomas Bopp

Noted astronomer Thomas Bopp, co-discoverer of the Hale-Bopp comet, will deliver two talks at the museum on Saturday 17 November at 10am and 12noon.

The talks will be a firsthand account of the discovery of the Hale-Bopp comet, and an exploration of the threat of asteroid impacts.

The first talk, The Discovery of the Comet Hale-Bopp, is scheduled for 10am and described Thomas Bopp's 1995 co-discovery of the Hale-Bopp, one of the most widely observed comets of the twentieth century.  At the time of its discovery, Bopp was an amateur astronomer observing through a friend's telescope.

The second talk, Impacts: the Asteroid Threat, is scheduled for 12noon and discusses the history of asteroids impacting on the Earth, the likelihood of it happening again, and what, if anything, we can do about it.

The museum would like to acknowledge the assistance of Blackheath and Thornburgh College in Charters Towers in coordinating these talks.Logo of Blackheath and Thornburgh College

Event Details

17 November 2012, 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Level One Theatre