Talk about an eventful Friday night! Tomorrow night, a small asteroid will travel nearer Earth than any astronomers have identified beforehand. “It’s the closest that we’ve seen ahead of time,” says Denton S. Ebel, curator in the Division of Physical Sciences (Earth and Planetary Sciences).
For more about the asteroid flyby, participate in a live Twitter chat with Ebel, this Friday, February 15, at noon ET. Post your questions here or use hashtag #asteroidchat on Twitter.
Just six weeks to go until the opening of Whales: Giants of the Deep, a new exhibition devoted to the biology, anatomy, and evolution of whales—as well as their cultural significance to maritime human cultures, from New Zealand to New Bedford, Massachusetts.
On Sunday, February 3, 2013, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, reached a Twitter milestone: a million followers for his tweets from @neiltyson.
In the next few decades, the global human population will exceed 9 billion—and 70 percent will live in cities. How can hunger be addressed in this growing population? On Saturday, Februrary 2, speakers from Columbia University and the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science will present and lead discussions on this topic, and more, in a day of learning; one topic will be vertical farming.