Step 1 – Find Them
The effects of an asteroid impact could be catastrophic and while the current probability of an event in our lifetime is low, the potential consequences make the study of asteroids an incredibly important area of scientific research. Witness the latest in planetary defense and how science, ingenuity and determination combine to explore the world’s most preventable natural disaster.
Step 2 – Understand Them
65 million years ago, a six-mile wide asteroid slammed into our planet, ending the reign of the dinosaurs. Luckily, in today’s age, we have the technological advancements and scientific progress paired with the bold vision and creative thinking of the planetary defense team showcased in the film, as they work to help prevent and protect our civilization from a possible catastrophic impact from space.
Whipping around the sun at an orbital speed of 67,000 miles per hour, our planet isn’t the only object zooming through the galaxy at supersonic speeds. There are also asteroids – pieces of planets that never fully formed together due to gravitational pull – soaring through the Solar System that pose the threat of striking Earth.
With over 200 impact craters discovered throughout the world, scientists believe it’s not a matter of if, but of when a rare, large asteroid will enter our atmosphere. Through state-of-the-art CGI, the film depicts a hypothetical asteroid as never before seen.
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Step 3 – Hunt Them
Planetary defense is a relatively new science. Only a few decades ago did we become certain Earth’s history of asteroid impacts was sure to repeat itself. Could we save our world today from a cosmic threat? You bet we can. But to tend to this problem, we must first understand it. That’s where Asteroid Hunters comes in. The film will take you on a trip across the Solar System and to the dawn of time. Watch how gravity spun gas and dust into our Solar System, how rocky debris gathered into worlds, and how the planet-building leftovers became asteroids. See how we possess the technological know-how to keep an asteroid from hitting our planet – unlike the doomed dinosaurs of 65 million years ago.
Asteroid Hunters Featurette
Get a first look at Daisy Ridley as narrator of the IMAX Original Film Asteroid Hunters and venture into deep space to discover the science and technology that can save our planet.
Asteroid Hunters will take your students on an exciting field trip across the Solar System and to the dawn of time. They’ll watch how gravity spun gas and dust into our Solar System, how rocky debris gathered into worlds, and how the planet-building leftovers became asteroids. They’ll learn that these natural wonders of deep space brought water to planets, and the building blocks of life itself. They will also see how we possess the technological know-how to keep an asteroid from hitting our planet–
unlike the doomed dinosaurs of 65 million years ago.
Your students will have a front row seat to a hypothetical asteroid impact as never before seen! Asteroid Hunters is the first movie to portray this rare phenomenon as it would actually happen. They will witness world-saving technologies that arise from the imaginations of scientists. They will receive insight into how governments would respond to an asteroid threat, evacuating hundreds of square miles to protect lives.
Combined with an unforgettable viewing of Asteroid Hunters, this Educator’s Guide will make a lasting impression on your students. Their imaginations fired up by how science can save Earth, your students may choose an educational path that will allow them to contribute to the future protection of Earth’s fragile environment. On the pages that follow, a variety of hands-on activities and exercises will augment your curricula for astronomy, technology, engineering, mathematics, social studies, and the arts.
Understanding how our global community and a rare cosmic phenomenon may one day intersect, your students will learn how working together is the only way we can protect our world.
Dr. Donald K. Yeomans
NASA/JPL Senior Research Scientist, retired
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