Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-07-15

Extraterrestrial impacts and their importance to the Earth's, and Alabama's, history will be the topic at the Tuesday, July 19, meeting of the Birmingham Astronomical Society. The public is invited to the 7 p.m. meeting at the Christenberry Planetarium in Samford University's Sciencenter.

The speaker, Dr. Jim Lacefield, will discuss the nature of the earth's geological record and how the planet has been affected through time by the impacts of objects such as comets, asteroids and meteorites. A semi-retired professor at the University of North Alabama, Lacefield is the author of Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks: A Guide to the State's Ancient Life and Landscapes. 

For information, contact planetarium director George Atchley at (205) 726-4139.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.