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WSH Lecture “Everything that could fall on our hat from space”

WSH Lecture “Everything that could fall on our hat from space”

Not on the second Monday of the month, but now as an exception, due to the carnival, on the third Monday of the month, i.e. February 19, the WSH organizes a lecture in the Fligmen Library. The presenter this time is Mr. Willem Schott. Willem is now well known because he has given several lectures at WSH in recent years.

His lecture on the existence or non-existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life remains one of the most visited. Willem is well known at the Halley Observatory for his many volunteer activities. This lecture will discuss “Everything that could fall on our hat from space.”
We live on Earth, but also in space. We are separated from space by a relatively thin layer of air. As a result, our existence is greatly affected by what happens in space.

Important influences from space are:
The gravity of the moon and sun causes the tides here;
Electromagnetic radiation, mainly from the Sun, where almost all energy on Earth comes from;
Particle radiation from the Sun and deep space. Small particles, such as atoms, fly through space at tremendous speed. This is what makes space outside the atmosphere dangerous to us. Fortunately, the Earth's atmosphere protects us from these radiations.
Meteorites that consist of solid matter fall to Earth from space.

The size varies from microscopic to grains of sand and kilometers of debris. The pellets have tremendous speed and draw trails of light in the sky (popularly called shooting stars). Larger stones produce an extremely bright fireball and can sometimes survive the journey through the atmosphere. Then they fall to Earth in the form of space meteorites.

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During the lecture, he will discuss the consequences of the collision of two meteorites in present-day southern Germany about 14.4 million years ago. The impact craters are called Nördlinger Ries and Steinheimer Becken. Created from the impact of stones from a row. 1.5 km long and 150 m in diameter.
Anything not discussed in this lecture but you would like to know, you can always ask.

If you have time to get involved in organizing WSH activities, such as contributing to the council or organizing regular observation or quiz evenings, please register with the council. We are a friendly club of people who organize a fantastic evening and lecture every month for members and all other interested parties.

For more information about WSH, visit the WSH-Heusden website. If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected] Not a member yet, no problem, you are also very welcome to visit us for an evening, as always, the coffee is very hospitable and ready “for you too”!!!
But if you're not a member yet, consider becoming a member of Heemkundekring Onsenoort for just €25 per year. And of course you register as a member of the WSH working group.

Registration is not required for this evening. I invite you to Hart on February 19, with thanks to Willem Schott. Lecture venue: Fligmen Library, Burgemeister Zwansweg 2, 5251 CJ Fligmen. Start: 8pm, entry from 7.45pm The working group is part of Heemkundekring Onsenoort.

Also on behalf of the WSH Board of Directors, Chairman René Esser

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