Our next meeting is Saturday, February 16th – From 7 to 9:30 PM. Come learn about Protecting the Earth from Asteroids! We’ll have a special presentation by asteroid expert Dr. Clark Chapman who will describe the Chelyabinsk asteroid impact disaster years ago in 2013, the most destructive collision with an interplanetary body in modern human history. It sent nearly 1,500 people to hospital in western Siberia. The half-megaton explosion was caused by a “small”, 20-meter wide (~65 foot) asteroid. Dr. Chapman is also one of the founders of the B612 Foundation whose goal is to protect the Earth from asteroid impacts. We’ll also have presentations from Leonard David with updates on international space missions. John Williams will also give us the latest astronomy news. After the presentations, we’ll set up our telescopes and check out some celestial objects, weather permitting. Check out our Sky Watchers Facebook page that Carolyn Collins Petersen created for us.