2014 Kepler Lecture & Scholarship Awards Ceremony

The Mt. San Antonio College Astronomy Department and the Mt. SAC Foundation cordially invite you to the 2014 Kepler Lecture & Scholarship Awards Ceremony  featuring JPL Senior Research Scientist's Dr. Donald K. Yeomans.

Date:  Thursday, April 10, 2014
Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Lecture and  Awards Ceremony: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Mt. SAC Design Technology Center
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Near-Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us

Near-Earth comets and asteroids are the leftover bits and pieces from the solar system formation process and the vehicles by which most of the water and carbon-based material, the building blocks of life, were delivered to the Earth's surface. Subsequent collisions by these objects punctuated evolution allowing only the most adaptable species to evolve further. We humans owe our very existence and our position atop the food chain to these near-Earth objects. As NASA-supported telescopic surveys continue to find more and more of these objects, there has been a realization that there are millions of them that are capable of causing damage to Earth – and we need to find them before they find us.  

Dr. Donald K. YeomansAbout the Speaker
At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Don Yeomans is a JPL Fellow, Senior Research Scientist, and Manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office. Dr. Yeomans was the Radio Science team chief for NASA’s Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission. He was also the NASA Project Scientist for the Japanese mission to land upon, and return a sample from, a near-Earth asteroid (Hayabusa) and he was a scientific investigator on NASA’s Deep Impact mission that successfully impacted comet Tempel 1 in July 2005 and flew past comet Hartley 2 in November 2010. He provided the accurate predictions that led to the recovery of comet Halley at Palomar Observatory on October 16, 1982 and allowed the discovery of 164 BC Babylonian observations of comet Halley on clay tablets in the British Museum. His most recent book, "Near-Earth Objects: Finding Them Before They Find Us," was published by Princeton University Press in 2013.

About the Kepler Scholarship

The Mt. San Antonio College Astronomy Department awards the Kepler Scholarships annually to outstanding students who have achieved academically, completed astronomy coursework and/or contributed toward the advancement of the college’s Astronomy Program.

This annual lecture and awards ceremony is a way to bring astronomy experts and enthusuasts from throughout the region with a distinguished lecture from a leader in the field.

About Astronomy at Mt. SAC

The astronomy program at Mt. SAC offers degree applicable courses in introductory astronomy, a survey of the universe, and planetary geology, as well as special projects in astronomy. Hands on experiences with evening telescope observation sessions, field trips, research projects and our state-of-the-art Randall Planetarium and rooftop observation dome are exciting learning labs for astronomy students.