Note that our Saturday morning shows are not held every week. Check the calendar below for specific dates. The full-dome shows on Saturdays that accompany the introduction/sky tour are produced by Space Update, Inc. You can see previews of the shows listed on their shows page here.
Thursday Mar 28
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
With the February 14 asteroid that landed in Russia, Asteroid 2012 DA14 whizzing by Earth on February 15, and PANNSTARRS visible in the night sky now, people have been talking about cosmic collisions. How often do such things happen? Is "the big one" coming soon? Should we be worried? Are such collisions actually beneficial to us in some sense? How often does cosmic debris hit Earth?
From subatomic particles to the largest galaxies, cosmic collisions are a universal force of nature. Creative and destructive, dynamic and dazzling, collisions have resulted in many things we take for granted — the glowing Moon, the Sun's warmth and light, our changing seasons, waves washing up on a sandy shore. They've ended the age of the dinosaurs and changed the very map of the cosmos, reforming galaxies and giving birth to new stars and new worlds. "Cosmic Collisions" provides an unprecedented and extraordinary view of these catastrophic and constructive events that have shaped our world and our universe.
"Cosmic Collisions" was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the Denver Museum of Nature &Science; GOTO Inc., Tokyo, Japan; and the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, China. This show was developed with the major support and partnership of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Science Mission Directorate, Heliophysics Division.