What do you think of when you hear “asteroid mining”? Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler and a soulful Aerosmith soundtrack, right? And when exactly will the “big one,” be hitting us poor Pacific Northwesterners, anyway? Join us for this month’s Nerd Nite to get the skinny on why asteroid prospecting isn’t just the stuff of fiction and whether we should start preparing to dig ourselves out of a giant pile of rubble.

Nerd Nite Seattle

Monday, March 16
7:30 (Doors open at 6:30)
Admission: $5

Silent, but Deadly: MEGA-earthquakes in Washington

Shelley Chestler, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington

The Pacific Northwest is due for a gigantic earthquake sometime in the next 200 years.  Are we in trouble?  How big will it be?  Unfortunately we don’t know as much about this upcoming earthquake as we would like to.  Luckily there is another type of earthquake, called a slow earthquake.  These earthquakes happen all the time, but we can’t feel them!  These slow earthquakes have the potential to give us new information that can help us determine the size of the next “big one.”
Shelley Chestler is a third year graduate student in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington.  She studies a type of earthquake that is so slow, that we can’t feel it!  When she is not studying earthquakes she likes running, playing board games, and hanging out with her dog, Harper.
How to mine an asteroid 
Krunal Desai, Planetary Resources

Earth-bound mining is so 20th century. The Planetary Resources team will be telling us why Asteroid mining is the  next big thing! (Full description forthcoming.)