Asteroids are the ancient building blocks of the planets. They've had an extensive collision history, and fragments of these cosmic train wrecks make up most of the meteorites in our museum collections. We'll talk about the latest results on the physical nature of asteroids - what would it be like to visit one?
Doug Forbes has been a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University since 1989. He has had previous tenure at the University of Manitoba, Trent University, and Colby College. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from University of Victoria, and his research interests are in observational astronomy, especially massive stars in young open clusters and their relation to star formation and evolution.