FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Scientists, engineers and policymakers are gathering in
Flagstaff to talk about how to protect the planet from asteroids.
The Planetary Defense Conference is scheduled April 15-19 on the Northern
Arizona University campus.
The conference includes an exercise where participants will decide how to
deflect an asteroid and develop a civil defense response.
Two of the events are free and open to the public.
One is a pre-conference discussion on April 14 about a meteor that exploded
over Russia’s Ural Mountains earlier this year. The meteor was the largest
recorded space rock to hit Earth in more than a century and injured nearly 1,500
The other is an April 17 talk on planetary defense featuring Bill Nye The
Science Guy and Geoff Notkin of the Science Channel’s Meteorite Men.