Asteroid Day 2017: Impacting Asteroids in Texas

Asteroid Day 2017: Impacting Asteroids in Texas

Artist rendering courtesy of NASA, JPL-Caltech

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Thu., June 29, 6:30 p.m. 2017
$12 to $18

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Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX  77030
713-639-4783
Texas has been nailed with three asteroids, but the one that bulldozed the Yucatán Peninsula 65 million years ago — creating Chicxulub Crater and wiping out the dinosaurs — “had more of an impact than the other three combined,” says Dr. David Kring, who will talk about Chicxulub’s destruction of Texas during “Asteroid Day 2017: Impacting Asteroids in Texas,” part of the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Kring explains that Chicxulub produced tsunamis across the Gulf of Mexico and through the area that is now Houston (which was submerged at the time) up to about halfway to Dallas. “The heights of the waves were 30 to 50 meters high, which is a conservative estimate,” says Kring. “Some models have the height of the waves at 100 to 300 meters, which is the height of some of Houston’s tallest buildings.”

6:30 p.m. Thursday. 5555 Hermann Park. For information, call 713-639-4629 or visit hmns.org. $12 to $18.
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