Impacts from Space

December 11, 2012Byens Lys Copenhagen
Doors open: 19:00
Start programme: 20:00
Byens Lys
Fabriksområdet 99

Approximately 75.000 tons of natural space debris hit the Earth every year at speeds up to an incredible 70 km/s. Most of this debris is in the form of small particles that result in beautiful shooting stars, when they burn up in the upper atmosphere. Other impacts result in the fall of meteorites that allow us to study the origin and evolution of our Solar system. Very large impacts are fortunately quite rare - but they have happened many times in the past and will also take place in the future unless we find clever ways to avoid them.

Henning Haack, who is responsible for the Danish meteorite collection, will tell us about things that hit the Earth - what are they, what has happened in the past and what could happen in the future?

After a possible impact, one will be able to enjoy chilled cocktails and the soundscapes of Lars Lundehave Hansen, artist and electronic musician. The usual works of Lundehave are often constructions, making a point of being constructions, that emit or react to sounds or noise, as they attempt to explore the relations between timbre / room and action / reaction.

Organised by the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.

Talk by

Henning Haack

Henning Haack is the curator of the Natural History Museum's meteorite collection. Before his tenure at the museum, he has an academic history at the University of Hawaii, the University of Southern Denmark and DTU.


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Music by

Lars Lundehave Hansen

Lars Lundehave Hansen has worked with computerized music and ambient/drones for the past 14 years as a sound artist, enthusiastic promotor and dedicated performer. Lundehave Hansen has played and exhibited throughout the world, from Brazil to Japan and was in 2011 honored with an Honorary Mention at the prestigious Ars Electronica in Austria.