H.R. MacMillan Space Centre: Virtual Cosmic Nights: Dinosaurs and the Asteroid - Online

  • June 16, 2021
  • Times: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Location: Online (Canada)
  • Admission: $9.98
  • Phone: 604.738.7827

Virtual Cosmic Nights: Dinosaurs and the Asteroid -- Live Stream

About this event


There are 2 ways to participate:

1) Zoom - register on Eventbrite. Tickets are $8 plus taxes and fees.

2) TELUS Optik TV® available on channel 611 to subscribers with a 4K PVR box. No registration required.

LINK TO ZOOM LIVE STREAM: Emails will be sent from the Eventbrite platform with a link to access the live stream 2 hours before, and 10 minutes before the event starts.


The latest in our series of astronomy live streams, is Virtual Cosmic Nights: Dinosaurs and the Asteroid. Join us for talks by industry experts, and trivia that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Our host Michael, and astronomer Marley, from the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver, will be joined by special guest Amir Siraj, who will be talking about the comet that destroyed the dinosaurs.

By tuning in live you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and join the discussion. So grab your favourite beverage and tune in!

The content in this program is designed for ages 16+.


Marley Leacock – “Flirting with (Asteroid) Disaster ”

We know the dangers of meteoroid impacts, but what are we doing to prepare ourselves? What is the risk of ending up like the dinosaurs? Luckily there’s a few missions in the works that will help us understand asteroids, and also help us figure out what to do if one is heading our way!

Marley is the astronomer at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Marley graduated from the University of British Columbia, has completed a research project with the Dunlap Institute at the University of Toronto, and has volunteered teaching physics concepts to local girl guide groups with the Physics and Astronomy department at UBC. Marley is passionate about scientific outreach with people of all ages and has experience in both academic and outreach aspects of Astronomy.


Amir Siraj – "Dinosaurs and the Asteroid"

It forever changed history when it crashed into Earth about 66 million years ago. The Chicxulub impactor, as it's known, left behind a crater off the coast of Mexico that spans 93 miles and runs 12 miles deep. Its devastating impact brought the reign of the dinosaurs to an abrupt and calamitous end by triggering their sudden mass extinction, along with the end of almost three-quarters of the plant and animal species living on Earth. The enduring puzzle: Where did the asteroid or comet originate, and how did it come to strike Earth?

Amir Siraj studies astrophysics at Harvard University (Class of 2022), and is interested broadly in theoretical astrophysics, from planets to black holes. Amir is the youngest scientist named to this year's Forbes 30 Under 30, and his research was featured as one of 2020's Best Space Moments and two of the 10 Mind-Blowing Recent Astronomical Developments.

Siraj is concurrently pursuing a Master's degree in piano at the New England Conservatory of Music, and has been featured as a guest soloist with the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops.


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H.R. MacMillan Space Centre: Virtual Cosmic Nights: Dinosaurs and the Asteroid - Online