4Why asteroids are coolThey are leftovers from the formation of the solar systemStudying them tells us about the origin of the solar system and the Earth
51st birth place of Asteroids The Asteroid Belt: between Jupiter and Mars.Asteroids can collide and get redirected toward Earth.Note the Belt’s size
62nd birth place of Asteroids: Kuiper Belt Another band of asteroids outside outer planets.What is the pink band? Figure: Objects in the main belt are colored green, while scattered objects are colored orange. The four outer planets are blue. Neptune's few known Trojan asteroids are yellow, while Jupiter's are pink. The scattered objects between the Sun and the Kuiper belt are known as centaurs. The scale is in astronomical units. The pronounced gap at the bottom is due to obscuration by the band of the Milky Way.
7Most famous asteroid: A 10 km asteroid wiped out 50% of the Earth’s species, including dinosaurs, 65 mya
8ash from impact blanketed the Earth …then blackness…then coldness
9The resultant Chicxulub Crater is 110 miles in diameter Deep Impact Trailer
10Meteor Crater is 2. 5 miles in circumference Meteor Crater is 2.5 miles in circumference. It was made by a meteor 150 ft. in diameter travelling at 65,000 miles/hr.
11#2: CometsA comet is an icy, dusty body orbiting the sun; a.k.a. “dirty snowball”
12Note the two distinct tails: light blue for gas (ion), grey for dust Comet Anatomy:Note the two distinct tails: light blue for gas (ion), grey for dustWhat is the tail(s)direction relative to the sun?Relative to motion?
13Comet orbitWatch 2 animations of comet’s path around the sun in the following link:Notice:Orbit shape:Speed:Tail direction:
16Comet source: The Oort cloud is the birthplace of all comets. It is a shell of debris nearly a quarter of the distance to Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun.Pluto is less than one thousandth the Oort cloud's distance.the Oort cloud defines the gravitationalboundary of the Sun.
18#3: MeteoroidsA meteoroid is a small sand to boulder sized particle of debris in the Solar System.Meteor: The visible path of a meteoroid that enters the atmosphere, a.k.a. "shooting star"If a meteoroid reaches the ground, it is then called a meteorite.
19Meteor shower source:when the Earth passes through a trail of debris left by a comet. Debris burns up in atmosphere, glowing brightly
202 meteors in a shower. Photographed with a camera with an open shutter 2 meteors in a shower. Photographed with a camera with an open shutter. What’s in the middle of the picture?
23To Learn More… About Minor Planets Solar System SunMeteoroids951 GaspraTrojan asteroidsCentaursAstronomical units (AU)Milky WaySmall Solar System BodyComet comaComet tailComet’s nucleusElliptical orbitsOort cloudMeteoriteMeteor showerJust Click!
24Extinction Level Asteroid What is the best way for humanity to survive a killer asteroid?If only some can survive, say 300, create a plan for deciding who lives.