You're viewing an archived page from a previous Festival of Ideas. See this year's festival »
Around 4567 million years ago, a swirling cloud of gas and dust collapsed, and from the chaos emerged an ordered system: a star (the Sun) orbited by a series of planets and their satellites (the Solar System). The Asteroid Belt, between Mars and Jupiter, is part of the Solar System, and is the place from where thousands of chunks of rock and metal are launched every year. Some of the bits of asteroid land on Earth – leaving chaos in their wake.
In her talk, Professor Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University, will explore how the Solar System formed, and what we can learn about this from meteorites. Along the way, she will consider just why the dinosaurs became extinct, and the importance of keeping penguin feathers out of Antarctic ice.
Suitable for ages 8 upwards.