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Bloomfield Hills: Cranbrook Institute Hosting Asteroid Day July 11

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Museum event examines the potential threat of asteroid impacts.

Cranbrook Institute of Science examines the potential threat asteroid impacts pose to our planet through a series of free with admission activities and special lectures on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from noon to 4 p.m.

SCOTT WRIGHT AD basic tallScientists estimate that there are a million asteroids in our solar system that have the potential to strike Earth, but we’ve only discovered one percent of them. Unlike many other natural disasters, science has the technology to prevent asteroid impacts if they are discovered in time.

To raise awareness of a possible impact event, 100 leading scientists, astronauts and business leaders from 30 countries have signed the 100x Declaration calling for a 100 times-increase in the detection and monitoring of asteroids and have established Asteroid Day (June 30) to educate the public.

Cranbrook Institute of Science will open its Asteroid Day event with a noon lecture, Asteroids, Near Earth Objects and Meteorites – The Threat from Space, by local astronomer and NASA Ferndale 115_FFLSolar System Ambassador Robert Trembley.  Institute Curator and Geologist John Zawiskie will present Fire from the Sky, a look at asteroid impacts in Egypt and Southeast Asia at 2 pm, and Still the Crater of Doom, an update on the impact theory for dinosaur extinction, at 3 pm.

Throughout the Asteroid Day event, activities will include:

~The chance to see new meteorites in the recently revised Rocks from Space exhibit, which features special components dealing with historic large impacts in Siberia and Western Russia,  and several meteorites that have fallen in Michigan and Canada;

~The opportunity to inspect and handle genuine meteorites, asteroid impact glass (tektites), shatter cones, and other impact deposits from the institute’s extensive education collection – the modern natural baby inprogresslargest in Michigan

~A hands- on experience to see and touch the famous fallout layer collected in southern Colorado from the dinosaur -killing impact;

!Lessons in how to distinguish meteorites from meteor “wrongs,” and the invitation to bring in specimens for identification.

The space theme that day is further enhanced by planetarium shows, visits to the cutting edge solar observatory (weather permitting), and the popular traveling exhibit Cranbrook  Space Odyssey.

All Asteroid Day events, except planetarium programs, are free with admission to the museum.

For more information on Asteroid Day:

Cranbrook Institute of Science, Michigan’s Museum of Natural History, is part of the world-renowned Cranbrook Educational Community at 39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The museum is open Tuesdays-Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sundays noon-4 p.m. Regular admission is $13 for adults and $9.50 for children 2-12 and senior citizens (65+); children under 2 and members are admitted free. Courtesy of MASCO Corporation Foundation, admission is free after 5 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Fridays and Saturdays after 5 p.m., admission is reduced to $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 2-12 and senior citizens; children under 2 and members are admitted free. For information about becoming a member of Cranbrook Institute of Science, call (248) 645-3200 or visit

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